On Monday, the Trump administration and congressional leaders agreed to a budget deal, which the House approved on Thursday. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted on the 2020 and 2021 budgets, which will raise base discretionary spending by $322 billion over the next two years. The budget is the result of a deal made by President Trump and congressional leaders on Monday.

Justin Bogie, a senior policy analyst focusing on fiscal affairs at Heritage, said the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 “contains almost no victories for conservatives.”

“Agreeing to this budget deal would flatly contradict the policies this administration has put forward,” said Bogie. “The president has lamented how much the debt grew under President Barack Obama, but if this latest budget deal becomes law, his record will be no better.”

In order to increase spending, the proposed deal raises the discretionary spending caps, which were first set in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act. These spending caps have been raised for all three previous biannual budgets as well.

Of the new $322 billion in spending, $150 billion would be spent on domestic programs, many of which fall outside the proper role of the federal government and should be cut or eliminated instead of receiving additional funding. Just over $170 billion would go toward national defense.

Another point of contention for conservatives is the $738 billion allocated for total military spending, which falls short of the $750 billion requested by Trump.

Rep. Mike Johnson, La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, voiced his displeasure with the budget. “[The budget] increases spending by about $2 trillion over the next 10 years, but provides only $77 billion in offsets.  With more than $22 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford deals like this one.”

Read more about this budget deal on The Daily Signal:

Watch: The Worst Spending Deal in a Decade

With U.S. debt already reaching crisis levels, this budget represents a turn for the worst. Watch Romina Boccia, director of Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, explain why – and how ­– we can address the debt crisis. America’s Biggest Issues: The Debt Is Mounting. Here’s How to Rescue Our Children’s Future.

How should Congress have set the budget? Read Heritage’s Blueprint for Balance to find out.

What are your thoughts on the 2020-2021 budget?

Comments (59)

Alita Arnold - July 26, 2019

This Budget Deal is the WORST DEAL OF THE CENTURY!! Can’t believe Trump is going to endorse it. NO! NO ! NO !

Richard. Rothman - July 26, 2019

I would like to see a specific set of proposals from Heritage that can be passed by Congress to reduce and eliminate runaway federal spending and focus what spending there has to be on the mandates in our Constitution. I’m sick of reading a list of “General” things that can be done. Get specific!!

Beuce Coleman - July 26, 2019

Budget deal terrible, only worse is gov shutdown. Hopefully republicans win house.

Don Lieske - July 26, 2019

Now is the time for President Trump to go on a cut the government plan! Like his actions to cut 2 regulation for each new one, he needs to cut all government departments by 5 to 10 % per year, until they show 1 USD value for each USD spent. Compassion to the US Taxpayer is mandatory, by each department. Vet each dollar! Eliminate the EPA, and eliminate 90% of the PHDs riding high on our tax dollars! Logic and fairness should be a goal for each government department! Put in vetting, goal setting and business practices. Real Macro cost control!

Jerry O Wilkins - July 26, 2019

Is there no way to restrain this President & the GOP ?!?!?!! Why are they caving this way? They are betraying us !!!!!!

Hans Collins - July 26, 2019

In spite of many positive things President Trump has done to improve the U. S. business environment and foreign relations, generally speaking, the federal government is failing its citizens.
First, the fact that Congress has done nothing to resolve the long standing illegal immigration situation and the more recent mass invasion by caravans of illegals from foreign countries is a gross miscarriage of its constitutional responsibility and borders, in my opinion, on treason.

Secondly, the national debt is a time bomb which will have devastating consequences for the country if we do not embark on a debt reduction program soon. Federal government has grown to an almost uncontrollable mass and has encroached into areas that are the purview of state government and individual responsibilities. Congress has abdicated budget authority by allowing unelected bureaucrats of government agencies write their own budgets and regulations. This situation not only threatens our national security, but if left unchecked could result in a sudden and catastrophic collapse of our economy and erosion of financial assets.

I have been harping on these two issues for twenty years with my various elected representatives while the problems have grown to almost irresolvable levels.
Clearly, members of Congress are not listening to their constituents and are motivated by something other than the best interests of the country.
I am flabbergasted that these two fundamental and critical problems have gone unresolved for so long under the leadership of both parties.
Totally frustrated!!!!

Steven B. Yager - July 26, 2019

To accommodate the increased spending and required debt, the Federal Reserve will force interest rates down and continue to attempt to control inflation via the IOR program for reserve banks. This will crush the middle class – those working and saving for retirement, and their children’s education and those currently in retirement because fixed income interest rates will be to low (less than the inflation rate). Eventually, the Government will either not be able to borrow or will have pay high rates of interest – then Federal spending will need to be drastically cut including SS and Medicare spending.

Randy Hagood - July 26, 2019

Fire Pelosi and Schumer. Have every Congress member provide citizenship proof and expel all those who aren’t legal. Ship them back to their country of origin. Republicans need to dismiss superfluous spending and stand strong on principles which built this country. I AM ASHAMED. ( US DISABLED VET)

Patrick Wren - July 26, 2019

Rediculous! Waste every where! We have Doctor’ s kids eating free breakfasts this summer, and senior citizens living in half million $ homes paying $2 or $4 for a $10 or $12 meal. All in a town of 900! And yellow rumble strips for blind wheel chairperson cost $35 grand! And never in 30 years have we had a user! And the new BLM building is called the Taj Mahal here! Definitely the grandest building in all of Central Idaho! STUPID! Cottonwood ID

Sandra Pray - July 26, 2019

The protection of our economy is of most importance. The Senate and President Trumph needs to vote NO to this excessive spending that will forever affect our National Dept.
The mentality of tax and spend needs to be exposed for the weight that it places on the average tax payer. When does the law take a firm stand that teaches the Pay as you Go attitude?

Wayne D Peterkin - July 26, 2019

The budget sucks. It’s a disgrace. However, if the alternative were to shut down government entering an election year, there may have been little choice politically since the GOP gets blamed for every shutdown. We need a Balanced Budget Amendment to end the madness. Won’t stop without it.

Dave Parker - July 26, 2019

I am as disappointed as you folks are. As a big supporter of the President I was disappointed and disagree with this budget deal.

I’m hoping the President has a plan, and will not spend all this money. WE MUST STOP THIS CONTINUAS OVER SPENDING!

Otis Dotson - July 26, 2019

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Kill all Christians and those that will not change their lives to the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s is stated by the Prophet Muhammad.

Susan A. Wood - July 26, 2019

A SCARY DISASTER is the budget and it will lead to the DOWNFALL OF THE US. The US debt is reaching a crisis and that alone is SCARY, and we must work on a debt reduction SOON-debt is a real EMERGENCY. The Democrats and Republicans ARE NOT WORKING TOGETHER and the US was founded on that, WORK TOGETHER. The two PARTIES MUST WORK TOGETHER, and the UNITED STATES led by this division, at present, cannot STAND. Our country is not doing well, as seen by the numerous disasters across the US. Further Congress has done NOTHING TO RESOLVE the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS which is very PRESENT. Why is Congress not responding to this crises? Is Congress just so LAZY, COLLECTING taxpayers MONEY and GOING ON BREAKS. Before Rome’s downfall their workers did the same thing. Congress must be copying the past, I hope not. Also electing people that are AGAINST THE BELIEFS IN THE CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES. The United States seems to be opening the door to these enemies, WHY? President Trump has done a great job in improving the economy but he has ignored WOORKING WITH CONGRESS, and SOLVING THE IMMIGRATNT PROBLEM; and also CREATING A VERY SCARY AND MASSIVE DEBT. I hope he is PLEASED WITH HIMSELF, and he will be REMEMBERED AS DESTROYING THIS ONCE GREAT COUNTRY.

C. O. Johnson - July 26, 2019

Very much against this increase in spending. Just a liberal money pit . I am so strongly against this proposed budget , that I will not support the election of anyone who supports it’s passage or a president who signs it .
I currently support Several senators and the President, but I will not support them with contributors or verbally
In any way . ( I also contribute/support Heritage)
C. O. Johnson

Tim Brady - July 26, 2019

Totally agree with Hans!!!!

Chuck Mooney - July 26, 2019

The military didn’t need that hugh budget increase. There will be more waste and corruption in the military now.
Trump never should have agreed to this wasteful spending by both parties

Cheryl A Meyer - July 26, 2019

I think that this budget deal is horrendous and I am disappointed with President Trump on this matter. I hope and pray that there is some remedy for this catastrophic move.

Greg Shoup - July 26, 2019

“If something cannot go forever, it won’t” – Herbert Stein

Since we have a monetary system that allows the Fed to monetize debt, they will eventually be the only buyers of U.S. Treasuries which will string this along awhile longer, before the whole thing implodes. It will be ugly.

Jonathan Hussey - July 26, 2019

The Trump presidency is a window of opportunity to cut back on our debt. I certainly hope he will consider what we are giving our grandkids. If we continue on just servicing our debt without reducing principal we will be in trouble when the next economic downturn occurs, and there may not be someone like President Trump to manage the debt.

Isaac Ocansey - July 26, 2019

The budget deal is not too constructive. It gives a leeway to small businesses. To which I think, these small businesses paved way for growth in our regional localities. But wherefore, lies the question of adequately of these small businesses in our regional states. They fade out with the slightest push and leave the burden of cost to taxpayers to funnel. But this is a case in point, we definitely need continuous growth in this regional state, whatever it takes, and our domestic discretionary spending calls for that.

Pat Ellis - July 26, 2019

Perhaps the bill proposed by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-ID) might help – Maximizing America’s Prosperity Act. It enforces spending limits by triggering automatic spending cuts. And spending cuts slowly lower yearly to achieve a balanced budget. Sounds too simple to me, but I’ll take anything!!!

William Coates - July 26, 2019

Well done, Hans!
No one in D.C. believes in limited government. Too few have ever held responsible jobs in private industry – lawyering and real estate don’t count.
The collapse will probably come before the Convention of States can be convened, but that will motivate the delegates to define some solid fixes for our well-documented fiscal irresponsibility. I believe that consecutive terms in Congress should be forbidden. Senator McConnell’s comment that spenders get re-electef proves my point.

Jane DeGrafft - July 26, 2019

What is Trump thinking? What can be done to reverse this bill? So sad!!

Warren Pugh - July 26, 2019

Donald Trump sealed his 2020 doom.

Jacques-Andre Istel - July 26, 2019

Appalled by danger to our nation caused by out-of-control debt.
Could not agree more with the Heritage Foundation on this matter.

michael townsend - July 26, 2019

President Trump can win national approval if he will force the congress to reduce the national budget. How can he do that? I guess talk it up over and over to get people to call their reps.

Voss family - July 26, 2019

I think that Congress is spending too much on special hearings and not looking for ways to trim expenses. Do they run their households this way?

THOMAS ITTIG - July 26, 2019

Very dismayed, but recognizing that’s what you get with a Democratic House and a RINO Senate. Where we collectively screwed up was in November 2018!

James Green - July 26, 2019

I can’t operate with a deficit how can the government?

Helen S Magallanes - July 27, 2019

I;am very disappointed that the budget has not been balanced as i understood President Trump wanted. This deal may hurt him and the GOP if they continue with it. I voted to stop all the open checks to everyone, and feel very sad we will be like Mexico Venazula greece and all of the other third world countries

Robert Nowell - July 27, 2019

The Budget Deal should be dumped. Salvage what is good and start with teh fundamental requirements of…

1) Balanced Budget
2) 5% to Debt Reduction
3) Reduce Spending
4) Reduce taxes only incomes below the higher of average/median
5) Add non-citizen border crossing fee & bond covering entire cost of border security
6) Add remittance fee
7) Simplify taxes

Philip Fidel - July 27, 2019

Despite the Presidents promises to cut government spending he has abrogated his promise by allowing a budget that adds to the national debt Funding for pork barrel spending etc. As a great deal maker he has shown no leadership on this budget. Where has our Conservative President gone??

Susan Rose - July 27, 2019

Seems to me that Trump caved ! Just because he doesn’t want another government shutdown before the 2020 election, should not make him go against principals that got him elected in 2016.

Neils Christensen - July 27, 2019

I could not agree more that it’s time to get government out of the things the Constitution does not provide for such as education and other such things. We can’t spend what we don’t have as a family why should the government think it can spend what they don’t have?

Frank Montagna - July 27, 2019

It will cause an unresolvable economic crisis.

Joe Christ - July 27, 2019

We should toe the line and not raise the debt limit. We all have to live within our means and that goes for the government too. Simply cut spending and reduce government size. Cut back on all welfare programs or we will go broke and then our children will suffer the consequences of our greed. We deserve what we get when the time for reckoning comes

Mr. Leigh Moseman - July 27, 2019

Any “deal” that increases the debt is bad. We need to cut:
1. Foreign aid (especially to countries that hate us already.
2.Military expenses to “occupy” various places over the globe.
3. Food Stamps, subsidized housing,welfare, Medicaid. Loan guarantees for those who would not otherwise qualify. (cars, houses, businesses, etc.)
4. “Grants” (including those stated as loans) for education.

George Stair - July 27, 2019

Did the tax cut increase revenue or lower it?

George Stair - July 27, 2019

If millionaires can get food stamps, does that mean I can get food stamps?

James Mullins. Sr - July 27, 2019

Why can we not all agree that we must live within our means? Families have to do it, the Fed should have to do it as well.
Pass a Balanced Budget bill as well as Term limits bill. We can do it, so MR President, take the lead on this & show us how strong a Leader you are…..

Phyllis Eix - July 27, 2019

I agree that this is a terrible budget bill and deserves a NO vote in the Senate and a veto, if necessary, from the President. I do like the Brady/Braun bill, Maximizing America’s Prosperity Act, let’s promote that, please.

Dale Kimball - July 27, 2019

Just because the spending limit has been raised does not mean they have to spend the money. If we could only get enough conservatives in congress with the guts to fight for fiscal restraint the budget could actually be balanced. We do it in Iowa. It is the law, no deficit budget.

Charlyce Knight - July 27, 2019

I have written to President Trump reminding him that in 2016 he promised to get our nation out of debt in 8 years. Congress controls the purse strings, not the president, however he can veto the current “bad” deal which he should do. Our nation can never get out of debt by suspending budget caps and raising spending! The first consideration of a budget is to live within ones means. This is necessary for individuals, families, states, and nations. This is the job of Congress. Citizens whether democrats, republicans, liberals or conservatives must approve federal spending plans that move our nation out of debt. To get our nation out of debt will require determination by all citizens of our nation do do so. To cut federal spending means sacrifices will have to be made, but to make these sacrifices now while the economy is good will lessen their effects. If we keep on adding to our debt without reducing it, eventually the nation will default and then sacrifices and suffering will be very great–just look at Greece for an example. What is the reason we should make getting our nation out of debt a top priority? It is OUR LIBERTY! Consider to whom our nation owes $22 trillion and then ponder this quote by Benjamin Franklin: “When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” WRITE/CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!!!

Darell Dostal - July 27, 2019

It stinks because the Democrats wrote it and if the Senate trys to kill it they will be blame for blocking the budget! The people that put the Democrats in control of Congress are ill informed or don’t care!

orven nicely - July 27, 2019

I thought our congress consisted of people with above average intelligence, it is beginning to appear I was wrong. I find it hard to believe that anyone of average intelligence would up their spending when they{or we} are so far in debt.
What kind of answer would I get if I asked a congressman or woman how they proposed to pay off our debt. It appears to me that no one is even thinking about that, when all they do is keep spending more.
Is this what our congress is hearing from their constituents, or are they not paying any attention to them.
Every one in congress would be bank -rupt if they ran their house holds the way they are running our country.

Peter W. Gissing - July 27, 2019

No one in Congress is serious about cutting spending or even freezing spending at current levels until income equals expenses. A small increase in the interest rate on the national debt will bring this house of cards tumbling down.

Tom Lanners - July 27, 2019

More of the same, spend more money, add to the debt. PATHETIC!

Cheri Risch - July 27, 2019

We must balance the national budget! And we must be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to do so!

George Gomez - July 27, 2019

The “Art of the Deal” is to promise to be different so as to get elected and then do the very same thing the others do.
Trump should have taken away their special medical plans and second to say “no” to any more debt….

Mike Reinert - July 28, 2019

Stop the insanity immediately. Choices must be made and more deficit spending must be a nonstarter.

Jerry Kuennen - July 28, 2019

This is totally irresponsible. It is a strong reason to institute term limits. For years people have been saying there is no bipartisanship in congress, no compromise to get things done. When we soon realize that the country is bankrupt because of the reckless government spending going on, it will truly have been a bipartisan effort!!!

Paul Hammer - July 29, 2019

The only way to get the budget under control is to bypass Washington with a Convention of States under Article 5 in the Constitution that proposes a Balanced Budget Amendment. This will require ratification by 3/4th of the states. It should also limit the size of federal government and require super majority in Congress to increase taxes. This has never been done before. It is now needed. Join the movement to do it.

Joseph Cauthen - July 29, 2019

One question that seems to go unanswered by Heritage and other websites: Was there any money in this budget to build the wall? Trump said he would not sign a deal without wall funding. What happened and why are you not talking about it?

Mike Benton - July 29, 2019

I no longer see any difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to our national Budget and spending by our federal government. Neither have any interest in cutting spending. I see only one way to change this. All incumbent congressmen/woman that have been in office more than four years must be replaced in their next election. The Establishment (R’s & D’s) don’t care about what is good for America. They only care about being re-elected. This
is a good reason why we need “Term limits”. The time has come!

Betty Jo - July 29, 2019

I think all spending should be cut! Go back to the constition and let the states spend the money. Also the Defense dept did not pass their last audit so why should they get more money ? Bring the troops home and put them on the border stop interfering in other countries affairs!

Tom Howe - July 29, 2019

It is not a budget yet. Will it become a budget – an actual budget? I have my doubts. It probably shouldn’t be a budget. But perhaps if we can get Congress to actually implement a Budget (no more continuing resolutions) over a couple years maybe we can trim a budget. We can’t trim continuing resolutions!!!

Denice Gerber - July 30, 2019

I believe Heritage has more wisdom than I do when it comes to the budget of which I am grateful. I will continue to pray that it will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Terry Harris - September 22, 2019

If it passes the Senate then it is on them. They have the votes to kill it if the Dems don’t let the Reps make a few amendments.

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