By Andrew Restuccia - 02/12/11 02:28 PM EST
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to step down Friday and the battle in Washington over spending are expected to dominate the conversation on Sunday’s talk shows.
After 18 days of protests, Mubarak resigned Friday, leading to speculation about the future of Egypt, one of the United States’ strongest allies in the region.
On top of all that, President Obama is slated to release his budget request for fiscal year 2012 Monday. The budget will reportedly include a five-year spending freeze on domestic spending.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss his clash with rank-and-file Republicans this week over spending. He’ll also talk about whether Republicans can compromise with the president this year on major policy issues. Also on the show is Tea Party freshman Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), who will likely discuss GOP efforts to cut billions in spending.
Keeping with the spending theme, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will appear on “Fox News Sunday.” Ryan will weigh in on the president’s FY 2012 budget and his own plans to cut current spending. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is seen as a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, will also appear on the show.
CNN’s “State of the Union” will focus on the unrest in Egypt and the future of the country now that Mubarak has stepped down. Edward Walker, the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, and John Negroponte, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will appear on the program to talk about U.S. relations with Egypt in these uncertain times. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will also weigh in on the issue.
Obama’s budget director, Jacob Lew, will also appear on the program to outline what the president’s fiscal year 2012 budget request, which will be sent to Congress on Monday.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will appear on ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour.” Amanpour will talk to Barak about the geopolitical implications of the unrest in Egypt and what the protests in other Middle Eastern countries mean for the region’s stability.
Amanpour will also hear from two potential Republican presidential candidates: former House Speaker New Gingrich and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Both men spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week in Washington.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation." Ahmed Zewail, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who returned to Egypt from America this month to participate in the protests, will also be on the program.