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 TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott 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. PetersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump, Pence tested, in more ways than one House Democrats press Pelosi for automatic unemployment insurance and food stamp extensions Issa advances in bid to fill Hunter's vacant House seat 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' A renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs 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