Trump to Ask Congress for $8.6 Billion to Build the Border Wall

Trump to Ask Congress for $8.6 Billion to Build the Border Wall

Trump to Ask Congress for $8.6 Billion to Build the Border Wall

For the Defense Department alone, there's $718 billion, up $33 billion.

Trump and other Republicans have said the federal budget is full of waste and bloat, and that many federal agencies could still perform their functions with less taxpayer assistance. He proposes boosting defense dollars but shifting some of it to a contingency account that doesn't count toward budget caps.

It's already a focal point for disagreement.

An official 2020 White House budget won't appear until later this year. The chairman of the House Budget Committee, congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky, calls the proposed cuts to essential services "dangerous".

The White House wants to shake up the practise of pairing increases in defence spending with a corresponding increase in non-defence spending, a method that has been used to secure contentious funding deals in the past.

The request is just a part of the president's 2020 budget blueprint, which he's expected to present to lawmakers on Monday.

Fear no longer. Be the first to hear about breaking news, as it happens. 'But I don't know how you can continue to make that assertion'. That report projected muted economic gains in coming years, partly because of the fading impact of tax cuts and higher spending.

Asked if the large OCO request would poison those talks, Thornberry advised that lawmakers not "handwring over the massive OCO", but focus on shoring up military readiness and countering Russian Federation and China. But with Democrats in charge of the House, the plan is going nowhere on Capitol Hill.

Economists say that forecasting such trends 10 years out - much less beyond that - is hard.

The proposal also cuts down on 29 programs that are either ineffective, not addressing national needs or could be better supported at the state or local levels, according to the Education Department.

The Trump administration's emphasis on funding the Pentagon over diplomacy has alarmed retired military leaders, who said Sunday that squeezing the State Department budget undermines USA security and leadership.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to build a wall along the Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signaled Sunday that this is a fight for them.

The Republican president's $4.7 trillion (£3.57 trillion) budget was immediately panned by Democrats in Congress, who rejected his push past year for wall funding in a standoff that led to a five-week partial shutdown of the federal government. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", the leaders continued.

Russ Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement the proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility" and "shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence".

The proposal is a steep ask from the president, whose previous request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding was denied by lawmakers and set off the longest government shutdown in US history. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history.

The Democratic-controlled House voted last month by 245-to-182 to nullify Trump's emergency declaration. The new proposal comes as the House is in Democratic hands and even congressional Republicans have largely turned their attention away from dismantling the ACA.

That would provide a majority for overturning the declaration, and Mr Trump would then be expected to veto the bill, his first use of presidential veto power.

The proposed wall funding comes after Trump on February 15 declared a "national emergency" at the border - an edict the White House says allows it to tap a total of $8.1 billion, including $1.38 billion Congress OK'd for border fencing, for a wall Congress explicitly denied him. That 15-year timeline breaks with Republican orthodoxy, as GOP lawmakers have pushed to eliminate the federal deficit within 10 years.

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