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Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget

Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget”

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will seek $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S. -Mexico border wall, two administration officials said Sunday, setting up another showdown with Congress, which has resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise.

"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", said Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer in a joint statement on Sunday. While the administration will tout the formality as a big deal full of big cuts, the president's request will largely go ignored by Congress when they get to moving on the real federal funding action. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again".

The White House budget document demands $US8.6 billion for Mr Trump's signature southern United States border wall, which Democrats - who control the House of Representatives - have already indicated they will block. That led Trump to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and tap funds already allocated for other projects to build the wall.

Trump has yet to confirm the demand, although Reuters and other publications reported the appropriations would be included in the budget proposal the White House is scheduled to unveil Monday.

Kudlow said daily negotiations between USA and Chinese officials have been progressing following face-to-face talks in Washington roughly two weeks ago, after which Trump extended a March 1 deadline for increasing US tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Presidential budget proposals are typically political documents, with Congress taking the lead to set federal spending levels. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a standoff that led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history. Eventually, Trump relented and reopened the government.

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Over the next decade, Trump's budget-officially titled "A Budget for a Better America"-would slash Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, Medicare by $845 billion, and Social Security by $25 billion, according to Sanders' office".

Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee and a key voice for increased defense spending on Capitol Hill, acknowledged the White House path here is a dead end.

Trump's budget will likely face stiff opposition from Democrats, particularly for its focus on border security.

Kudlow says "there's no reason to obsess" about the budget deficit, even as it approaches $1 trillion, as long as it remains below 5 percent of the overall economy.

Also controversial is it would use Pentagon funding for a border wall.

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Federal officials have said only about 111 miles have been built so far or are now under construction. Instead, he has insisted the money come from U.S. taxpayers, arguing that criminals, terrorists, and drugs are flooding into the United States from across the southern border. It will require a five percent budget cut on all domestic spending through multiple federal government agencies. "I think it's essential".

In addition to the pay raise, the White House defense budget proposal asks for funding "for a full range of compensation programs, from monthly incentive pays to recently modernized retirement benefits".

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

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, a House rep since 1981, said the budget reflected the administration's "separation from reality".

As in previous years, Trump's blueprint also calls for $USD200 billion for infrastructure spending, with the Trump administration open to working with Congress to construct a package that could attract bipartisan support.

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