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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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. PetersDuncan Hunter gets another GOP challenger Hillicon Valley: Facebook won't remove doctored Pelosi video | Trump denies knowledge of fake Pelosi videos | Controversy over new Assange charges | House Democrats seek bipartisan group on net neutrality House Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality 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 PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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