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Trump's 2020 budget request to seek $8.6 billion for border wall

12 March 2019

An aide puts her hand on a copy of Volume 1 of U.S. President Donald Trump's budget for Fiscal Year 2020 after it was delivered by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the House Budget Committee room on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S., March 11, 2019.

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. Trump responded by redirecting $3.1 billion from the Treasury and defense departments toward wall construction and used an emergency declaration to shift an additional $3.6 billion from the military construction budget. Then, the following year, the administration didn't even pretend to cut spending and agreed with Congress to bust the budget caps by $300 billion, expanding the budget of nearly every program and agency Trump promised to cut or eliminate. Reportedly, that's a 5% reduction in nondefense discretionary spending amounting to $2.7 trillion.

For example, the White House now projects the government will spend $482 billion on interest payments for the debt next year, more than the entire budget for Medicaid, which provides health care benefits for millions of people. 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.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director and acting chief of staff, has previously slammed the OCO as a "slush fund".

One senior administration official said the $8.6 billion in additional funding, combined with the money Trump is attempting to redirect with his national emergency declaration, would allow the White House to complete at least 1,160km of barriers - a figure that has always been a White House goal. The budget projects trillion-dollar deficits until 2022. "They have little-to-no say in the courses they take".

The 2020 budget request is based on a 2017 plan by Customs and Border Protection officials, which called for 722 miles of the wall at an $18 billion price tag.

"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. -Mexican border as part of his budget request to be released Monday. The Democratic-led House already did so, and a handful of Republican senators, uneasy over what they see as an overreach of executive power, are expected to join Senate Democrats in following suit.

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Speaking on CNBC, Vought confirmed that the $8.6bn border request was part of Trump's blueprint for the 2020 budget year, which begins on 1 October.

But Kudlow said Trump "is going to stay with his wall".

As I detailed last week, the budget plan attempts to skirt budget caps in order to increase military spending by $34 billion, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $750 billion.

Asked on Fox News Sunday about the new wall funding request and if there would be another budget fight, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, "I suppose there will be ..."

President Donald Trump will be seeking $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S. -Mexico border wall, setting up another showdown with lawmakers who have resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise.

The Democratic-controlled House voted last month by 245-to-182 to nullify Mr Trump's emergency declaration. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. The budget anticipates growth of 3.2 percent in the coming year, considerably stronger than most outside forecasters, and stronger than the US achieved in 2018. The White House also proposed reforms to mandatory spending programs such as food stamps to cut $22 billion.

Whilst electioneering Trump repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Trump's 2020 budget request to seek $8.6 billion for border wall