With President Trump having made his initial proposals for the budget year starting in October–with fuller recommendations to follow in May–attention on Capitol Hill is turning toward shorter-term budgetary issues. The budget process for the upcoming fiscal year commonly lasts through the spring and summer and into the fall, meaning final decisions are months away on issues such as shifting funds to defense spending from non-defense agencies, likely at the cost of job losses in the latter category. In the shorter term, Congress must decide on funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year because a temporary measure for most agencies expires April 28 (that measure provided full-year funding for the VA and military construction projects). That effort already was complicated by the desire of some Republicans to attach certain policy and spending initiatives, rather than simply continue spending at current levels for the rest of the fiscal year as is commonly done in such situations. Democrats already have raised the threat of a government shutdown rather than consent to such add-ons. The situation has been further complicated by a new call from the White House to shift $18 billion from non-defense accounts to partially pay for requested increases in defense and homeland security spending over the remaining months of the current budget year. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department as expected has “disinvested” the TSP’s government securities G fund, after a suspension of the federal debt ceiling expired. The action essentially takes the G fund off the government’s books as an obligation, making it not count against the debt ceiling, and putting off a potential showdown over that issue until the fall.