A top White House budget official said Wednesday that the president’s budget would increase federal outlays by $1 trillion over 10 years, in the hope that it would spur the economy to a better place.
The proposal is the first time that the administration has proposed such a massive expansion of federal spending since 2009.
The budget proposal comes just weeks after the Trump administration announced it was looking at a $1.9 trillion tax cut.
Trump’s proposal to eliminate the corporate income tax, as well as the estate tax, would also generate revenue.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also hinted at the potential impact of the budget plan.
Priebus said during an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that the proposal would increase the federal debt by about $1,000 per person over the next 10 years.
Priebus called the plan “a great deal of debt,” but the plan would be “a much better deal for the American people,” he said.
Priebus did not mention that the tax plan also would cut spending, but it is unclear how that would impact the government’s deficit.
The proposed tax cut has the support of Democrats and many Republicans, but there is no indication the president would sign the bill.
Priebus added that the plan will “be very good for the economy” and that it will provide “jobs, prosperity and tax relief.”
A spokeswoman for the House Ways and Means Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A report last month from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the plan, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would increase annual federal deficits by $3 trillion over the decade.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service estimated the cost of the tax cut at $1 billion per person.