And they will try to do the tradition selling thing….
Cut money from the American ‘safety net’ programs….
To do so?
They will try to sell the perception that Democrats are the bad guys?
Who passed the tax cut/givaway?
Who passed a budget that has annual deficits to the moon?
In the next several months, the Trump administration faces several big spending and budget showdowns with Congress. And after mostly brushing off deficit concerns while pushing through a costly tax-cut plan, the White House now plans to reposition itself as an unlikely enforcer of fiscal responsibility led by its new top budget official, a veteran of the conservative group Heritage Action.
The series of budget fights will come into focus on Saturday, when the U.S. government hits its debt limit, already at a record of roughly $22 trillion. That won’t cause an immediate crisis, thanks to Treasury’s ability to keep paying the bills for a limited amount of time using a power known as “extraordinary measures.”
Still, Saturday marks the beginning of a series of budget challenges for the Trump White House. The next marker comes on March 11, when the White House is scheduled to release the president’s broad budget priorities, which will feature a call for deep spending cuts — and be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led House. Administration officials have been meeting for weeks to devise a strategy to dramatically boost defense spending, fulfilling a promise to Trump’s base, while at the same time placing a strong new rhetorical emphasis on deficit concerns in a bid to undermine Democratic demands for more spending on nondefense programs like foreign aid, education and environmental protection.
It’s a long-shot plan certain to face accusations of hypocrisy — especially since it’s coming from Trump, who once boasted, “I’ve made a fortune by using debt.” Privately, many White House officials also dismiss the notion that the federal debt is a major problem.
The approach will also touch off another fierce, months-long fight with newly empowered Democrats in Congress, who have railed for two years now that the Trump administration is recklessly exploding the deficit.
But administration officials insist they’ve got the upper hand this time around. They think they’ve found a way to fund their defense spending increase — and they contend Democrats have more to lose from the automatic spending cuts triggered by sequestration…..