Sunday shows: Here comes the budget

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.

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Meanwhile, in Washington, policymakers are focused on reeling in government spending. House Republicans unveiled a government-spending package to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year that would cut $100 billion from Obama's 2011 budget request. Republicans came to that figure after Tea Party freshmen, rejecting an initial proposal to cut current spending, clashed with GOP leadership.

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 BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (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 RyanPaul RyanRyan on border: ‘We will get this done’ Ryan tours Mexican border on horseback Trump: Healthcare plan coming in March MORE (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 GrahamLindsey GrahamClub for Growth launches ad targeting GOP tax writer Dem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (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 McCainJohn McCainMcCain made secret trip to Syria A guide to the committees: Senate Webb: The future of conservatism MORE (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.