Afternoon Trump Budget Round-up: "Dead on Arrival" Edition

2020 Budget
Another year, another unserious budget proposal from the Trump Administration that was instantly dismissed out of hand. Given the deep cuts to critical programs, demands for a border wall, and budget gimmicks included in the proposal, it should be no surprise that the headlines today highlight how this budget is dead on arrival:

USA TODAY: Dead on arrival? Trump's 2020 budget an unlikely wish list in divided Congress
“President Donald Trump called for deep cuts in environmental and safety net programs, billions more for his border wall and a huge boost for the military in a $4.75 trillion proposed 2020 budget that is unlikely to gain any traction in Congress.”

Trump has proposed many of those same changes before, without much success. Last year’s budget, which came at a time when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate, included $18 billion for the border wall. His 2017 budget proposed eliminating 62 federal agencies entirely. Congress largely ignored those requests, and many others… That partly reflects a politically divided Congress but also the fact that the president's nonbinding budget has always been viewed mostly as a wish list.”

But even Republicans remained noncommittal about the White House proposals.”

US News & World Reports: Trump Budget Going Nowhere on Capitol Hill
“…The 2020 plan is being treated by Capitol Hill as a presidential campaign rally speech: designed to appeal to the president's base and having no chance of actually getting enacted.”

“Trump's budget, late this year because of the record 35-day partial government shutdown, seeks to get a project that was Trump's signature promise in his campaign – a southern border wall… The plan is going nowhere on Capitol Hill.”

“Missing from the budget blueprint is a path to reduce the nations crippling, record $22 trillion debt and the federal budget deficit, which was up 77 percent in January from a year previous.”

Washington Post: Trump proposes $4.7 trillion budget with domestic cuts, $8.6 billion in new funding for border wall
President Trump proposed a $4.7 trillion budget plan Monday that stands as a sharp challenge to Congress and the Democrats trying to unseat him...”

Trump’s GOP allies received the budget plan with a lukewarm embrace…”

“…According to Trump’s budget, the spending cuts would do little to reduce what is shaping up to be a colossal deficit in the next several years. The budget would spend much more money than it brings in through revenue, and that gap is called the deficit.”

Politico: Trump’s budget proposal sets up another shutdown battle
“President Donald Trump sent his annual budget vision to Congress on Monday, starting a new battle over how to fund the government that sets up the nation for an even more destructive shutdown when money runs out later this year.”

The president’s plan seeks deep cuts from agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. At the same time it would spend $8.6 billion on a border wall with Mexico and boost defense spending to $750 billion… Calling for a total of $2.7 trillion in reductions over 10 years, the Trump administration is also taking aim at safety net programs, including hundreds of billions in cuts to Medicare and a request to drum up savings by imposing new restrictions on food stamps, housing assistance and aid to families that don’t make enough money to provide for their children.”

“While the president’s proposal is just an opening offer in the budget debate that will play out in the coming months, the White House’s stance on levels for the two main buckets of funding — defense and non-defense money — forecasts a fierce fight ahead with leaders in Congress.”

CNN: Trump 2020 budget projects big deficits despite spending cuts
President Donald Trump delivered a 2020 budget to the Democratic-controlled House on Monday that cuts spending across the board yet still isn't projected to balance for 15 years, even with ambitious economic growth forecasts.”