A House Republican proposal to tax imports, known as the border-adjusted tax, was removed from tax revamp plans after facing intense opposition from import-heavy industries such as retailers, and a cool reception from Senate lawmakers.
"The proposal fits into President Donald Trump's broader plan to boost US oil and gas development by slashing red tape, something that has cheered industry but raised concerns among environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers".
"Does it balance? No, it doesn't", conceded Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
"We've not accounted for it in this year's budget simply because it's come up at the last minute", Mulvaney told Lee.
The plan got a cool reception form Democrats on Capitol Hill, but the elected leaders at the table welcomed Mr. Trump by standing and applauding.
Republicans have campaigned for years about cutting taxes, cutting spending and balancing the budget.
"The President is a builder who understands the importance of infrastructure to jobs and our economy, and I welcome the release of his Administration's principles today as Congress prepares to develop an infrastructure bill".
He said the White House hasn't yet budgeted for the parade and would either rely on Congress to appropriate funds, or use money that already has been approved.
Trump shifted during the discussion of infrastructure to blast "very unfair" treatment of the U.S.by "so-called allies, but they're not allies on trade" that charge tariffs on USA producers yet benefit from lower US trade barriers to export to America.
"It's been very unfair what's happened with broadband in terms of the Midwest and rural areas", Trump said to a slew of state governors and local officials when discussing his infrastructure proposal.
Trump's $4.4 trillion spending plan for 2019 is about $300 billion higher than his $4.1 trillion request for 2018.
In his State of the Union address last month, President Trump promised to "build gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways across our land". Trump said during an interview aired by Fox Business Network in April.
But the infrastructure proposal's fate is uncertain.
"When you say I'm going to charge a 10 percent or a 20 percent border tax, everyone goes insane, because they like free trade". The budget blueprint, likely only an aspiration in an election year, notes the "significant need for investment in rural infrastructure", but looks to free up money from elsewhere in the federal budget to pay for infrastructure improvements.