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With budget, Trump throws opening jab in next funding fight with Congress

With budget, Trump throws opening jab in next funding fight with Congress”

The new budget asks Congress to allot $5 billion in new funding for border wall construction, alongside an additional $3.6 billion of military construction funds to be diverted to wall construction under the auspices of the president's national emergency.

On the surface, that is changing this week, with a budget that claims Trump's policies will reduce the deficit by more than 60 percent over the next decade and, according to acting Budget director Russ Vought, "will balance in 15 years".

Even with the cuts, which the White House said would add up to $2.7 trillion in savings over a decade, the budget office said budget would not balance until 2034, exceeding the traditional 10-year outlook. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break budget caps, threatening to veto one previous year. Considering that the president has already declared a national emergency to divert funds from other programs for the wall, this additional funding has been met with outrage by congressional Democrats.

"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", Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday in a joint statement. In 2017, the Trump administration also proposed eliminating the after-school funding program by 2018, but Congress instead increased program funding by $25 million to $1.19 billion.

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Trump's budget would also significantly increase spending at the Pentagon, reinforcing the Republican Party's budgetary priorities as established since the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan began increasing the military budget while slashing social programs. To stay within the caps, the budget shifts a portion of the defence spending, some $165 billion, to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.

Tax cuts have been a priority for the Republican White House and Congress in recent years, rather than fiscal restraint. Under the plan, the Environmental Protection Agency would see a 31 percent decrease in funding, the Education Department would take a 12 percent cut and the Department of Energy an 11 percent decrease.

Leading Democrats rejected the proposal before it was formally released.

The budget also includes an increase of nearly 10 percent for veterans' healthcare programs from past year, and investments in opioid addiction programs, the OMB said. Some economists, though, say the bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower economic expansion in coming years. 'This is a clear roadmap for a more fiscally responsible future if Congress chooses to follow it'.

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Democrats described the White House's budget as a "gut-punch" to the country's middle class, arguing reduced spending on numerous health and safety programs would be "devastating" to Americans.

A resolution opposing the emergency declaration quickly passed in the House, and the Republican-controlled Senate is poised to vote on that resolution this week. The White House budget office explains the president's budget includes spending cuts valued at $2.7 trillion.

This year's presidential budget is "likely even more dead on arrival than most", said Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signalling a fight ahead.

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"We have a crisis down there", White House adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox News Sunday. The partisan fights surrounding the issue led to a 35-day partial government shutdown - the longest in US history - that stretched from the end of 2018 and into January. Reports from administration sources indicate that the president's budget includes $8.6 billion to fund construction of a border wall, in addition to $3.6 billion to repay military construction funds he has attempted to seize to construct a wall. "This provides substantial leverage for the United States to obtain from Mexico the funds necessary to pay for a border wall", the campaign said in a statement at the time.



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