Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for border wall

Erika Holt
March 12, 2019

The Wall Street Journal and CNN subsequently confirmed the reporting.

Non-defence spending was held below those caps, thanks to steep proposed funding cuts to the State Department (23 percent) and Environmental Protection Agency (31 percent), among others.

Schumer and Pelosi, in a joint statement preempting the budget request, said "President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico".

I would just say that the whole issue of the wall, of border security, is of paramount importance.

Nearly all of the proposals would require congressional approval, and lawmakers have dismissed cuts of similar size in Trump's past budgets.

Funding for a border wall is also included, but will likely be completely rejected by the Democrat-controlled House.

The Committee for a Responsible Budget said Trump's budget would add $10.5 trillion to the debt over a decade, and criticized the White House for what it called a "fantasy assumption" of 3 percent economic growth over that timeframe - higher than the 2 percent average used by independent forecasters. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break budget caps, threatening to veto one previous year.

While domestic spending will see a cut in spending, defense spending in President Trump's budget has been increased by five percent. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) characterized Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request on Monday after the White House released details of the plan, which includes a massive increase in military spending and trillions of dollars in total cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

The plan sticks to budget caps both parties have routinely broken in recent years and promises to come into balance in 15 years, relying in part on economic growth that may be uncertain.

"With severe cuts to essential programs and services that would leave our nation less safe and secure, the Trump budget is as unsafe as it is predictable".

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"The Trump Administration's pro-growth policies have unleashed the American economy, creating millions of jobs and resulting in historically low unemployment", a White House release from the press secretary read Monday.

Democrats on Sunday were quick to announce Trump's new border wall funding proposal dead on arrival.

In its proposal, the White House is calling for a cut to the overall level of non-defence spending by 5 per cent next year below current federal spending caps, a almost $USD30 billion reduction.

"This is a budget for the military industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street, and for the billionaire class", Sanders said. It will also increase resources to fight the opioid epidemic and seek to shift some federal student loan costs to colleges and universities.

President Donald Trump will try a third time to get the funding needed to build his signature anti-illegal immigration measure, a complete wall across the United States' southern border.

That request is in addition to the funds that Trump is hoping to allocate through executive action after declaring a national emergency in February over the situation on the border, a move likely to tee up a new battle with Congress.

The blueprint also provides funding for the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a project of the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

The White House included a similar concept in the previous year's budget proposal, but rejected a similar scheme in MA, arguing it was illegal for the state to accept rebate payments from drugmakers without covering all available treatments.

Even with the proposed cuts, the White House proposal would not eliminate the budget deficit until the mid-2030s.

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