GOP chairman says he won't hold hearing on Trump's budget: 'It turns into a diatribe'

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Republicans scramble to avoid Medicare land mine MORE (R-Wyo.) said he will not hold a hearing on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's proposed fiscal 2021 budget because it would only spark "animosity" between Democrats and administration officials.

Trump unveiled his $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday. The hefty document, which was immediately panned by Democrats, breaks with an existing two-year budget deal and outlines the president's priorities heading into the November election. 

"I want to encourage people ... not to waste any time searching out the president's budget cuts. Nobody has listened to the president in the 23 years that I've been here. Congress doesn't pay attention to the president's budget exercise. I don't know why we put him through that," Enzi said during a floor speech.

He noted that he didn't hold a hearing on a final budget proposal from then-President Obama and would not hold a hearing on Trump's proposed budget for similar reasons.

"Because it turns into a diatribe against the president, I did not hold a hearing on President Obama's last budget. And for that same reason, I'm not going to hold a hearing on this president's budget," Enzi said.

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"Congress doesn't pay any attention to the president's budget exercise. It's all it is — an exercise. Congress holds the purse strings, according to the Constitution, and Congress is very protective of that constitutional authority," Enzi continued.

While Enzi, who is retiring, isn't holding a hearing, a slew of top administration officials are expected to head to Capitol Hill this week to defend Trump's proposal.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGAO report details challenges of implementing Trump tax law Financial trade tax gains traction with 2020 Democrats Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles MORE and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will appear before the Senate Finance Committee on back-to-back days to discuss the budget.

Meanwhile, Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will appear before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday. Phillip Swagel, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, will testify before the House Appropriations Committee.

Enzi pointed to the House hearings as a place where individuals could go if they wanted to get a "dose of animosity."

"If you want the animosity of a budget hearing, the House of Representatives will have the office of management and budget, OMB, for a hearing this Wednesday. You can take that in and get your dose of animosity if you want," he added.