Raul Labrador

Trump's big agenda could put GOP's budget goals out of reach

President-elect Donald Trump promises big tax cuts, a border wall and massive spending on infrastructure. That's a recipe for bigger deficits that fiscally minded conservative Republicans have railed against during President Barack Obama's tenure.

Trump's agenda runs counter to years of promises by congressional Republicans to try to balance the federal budget.

It's a marriage of conflicting priorities — on the budget at least — and that means that neither partner will get everything their own way.

Trump's tax cut, estimated to cost almost $5 trillion over 10 years, looks sure to be pared way back. Top lawmakers like House Ways and Means Committee Chairman...

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