Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

12 March, 2019, 00:42 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Trump to seek another US$8.6b for border wall

The federal budget deficit is ballooning on Trump's watch and few in Washington seem to care.

Some fiscal watchdogs, though, panned the effort as more piling on of debt by Trump with no course correction in sight. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break budget caps, threatening to veto one past year. The budget plan will also assume continued robust economic growth in the U.S. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, his 2020 plan shows he is eager to confront Congress again over the wall. To avoid steep automatic cuts in many programs, Congress and the White House must agree to lift mandatory spending caps set in a 2011 law, around the same time the president and lawmakers have to negotiate raising the debt ceiling to avoid a default.

Federal health officials have quietly been exploring the controversial idea of giving individual states permission to convert their Medicaid programs to block grants or a system of caps. The plan would aim balance the budget by 2034, the official said.

The White House officially released the broad details of its fiscal 2020 budget on March 11. Republicans control the Senate. Able-bodied, working-age adults would have to "find employment, train for work, or volunteer (community service) in order to receive welfare benefits", the budget says.

Trump faces both political and court battles to free up the money he wants for the current fiscal year. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps - threatening to veto one previous year - but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in the fall.

The request will come as part of a broader proposal that would call for major spending cuts across a range of domestic government programs while seeking a large increase for the Pentagon. But critics have alleged that he achieved this in part through huge levels of fiscal stimulus, including tax cuts and spending increases, that have widened the deficit and adding several trillion dollars to the government's debt. 'The Budget requests the resources necessary to continue constructing physical barriers on the border, increases the manpower of ICE and CBP, and proposes policy changes to end sanctuary cities'.

The Department of Justice is afforded $330 million in the budget to fight the opioid crisis that has been an increasing focus of the Trump administration.

Almost $300 million would go toward Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grants, with new funds going toward professional development stipends that could be used by teachers who qualify.


He will request another $3.6 billion for the Defence Department's military construction budget to erect more sections of a wall.

The Trump administration is making "headway" in trade negotiations with China, the top White House economic adviser said Sunday, brushing off reports suggesting diminishing prospects for a deal and push-back from Beijing.

President Donald Trump's top economist is brushing off concerns about rising budget deficits and slowing economic growth in advance of the release of the president's 2020 budget.

Kudlow predicted that USA economic growth can continue at 3 percent in 2019 and beyond, even as many private economists look for a slowdown this year as the impact of the 2017 Republican tax cuts wears off.

Over the weekend, the President took to Twitter to defend his performance on the border wall, which many of his 2016 supporters felt was a cornerstone of his campaign, and lash out at his most vocal critics.

Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.

The Trump administration reportedly will ask Congress for an extra $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall, even after the president declared a national emergency to reallocate funds from other areas for wall construction.

"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", the Democratic leaders said in a statement. They say the money would be better spent on rebuilding the country. We have to be much tougher and have more constructive immigration policy, which we will be developing over a period of time.

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