House Budget Dem slams Trump's budget as 'a Christmas wish list' rather than 'set of priorities'

A Democratic congressman who sits on the House Budget Committee slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE’s proposed 2020 budget, calling it a “Christmas wish list,” rather than a “set of priorities.”

President Trump on Monday released a new budget, calling for sharps cuts to domestic spending,  while also proposing increased military spending and an additional $8.6 billion for the southern border wall.

Democrats, including Rep. Scott PetersScott H. PetersFifth congressional Democrat backs Bloomberg in 2020 race Overnight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans Republicans push back on bipartisan bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners MORE (D-Calif.), promptly rebuked Trump’s blueprint and the bill has been deemed essentially dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled House.

“He’s now institutionalized trillion dollar deficits annually every year, even in good times,” Peters told Hill.TV on Tuesday.

“That’s not a setting of priorities, that’s just saying everything you want — that’s a Christmas wish list, not a set of priorities,” he continued.

The California Democrat also called Trump’s push to boost the military budget “irresponsible,” and dismissed Trump’s demands for increased wall funding as a “non-starter.”

“A lot of the budget around defense, which I’ve typically been supportive of, is now in overseas contingency operations, which means they’re taking it out of the base budget and putting it into sort of a fuzzy accounts for war activities that’s not subject to budget caps,” he told Hill.TV. “So it’s pretty irresponsible in addition to containing the wall again, which is really a non-starter.”

Top Democrats, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMeadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-N.Y.), issued a joint statement following the release of Trump’s budget criticizing the president’s renewed demands for wall funding.

The statement said in part that Congress refused to fund Trump’s wall and he was “forced to admit defeat and reopen the government.” The two lawmakers said they hoped the president has "learned his lesson," and warned that the same thing will happen if Trump tries it again. 

The House Budget Committee, meanwhile, is set to meet Tuesday to further discuss Trump's budget proposal.

—Tess Bonn