Trump FY2020 budget: $8.6B for border wall, $2.7 trillion in cuts

Trump FY2020 budget: $8.6B for border wall, $2.7 trillion in cuts

Trump FY2020 budget: $8.6B for border wall, $2.7 trillion in cuts

Trump's request for border wall funding presages a new fight with lawmakers over the issue in the coming months during the third year of the Trump presidency. Taxpayers First, the proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility", said Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, adding that the administration has "prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending" and shown "we can return to fiscal sanity". Back in 2016, Mr. Trump suggested he would force Mexico pay for the border wall by threatening to cut off billions of dollars in money transfers that Mexicans who are living in the US send home.

"For the past few years, no matter whether it was a Republican or Democratic-led administration, there have been attempts to cut or eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative", said a statement from Ohio Republican Sen.

The Pentagon, which had previously been anticipating $733 billion in funding, was thrown into uproar past year when Trump suggested in a Cabinet meeting that he planned to clip his military budget ask down to $700 billion in the interest of tightening federal spending.

An AP graphic charts changes to cabinet department and federal agency budgets in President Trump's proposed 2020 fiscal year budget.

This year, the stakes are higher. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", said the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY.

He declared the emergency after Congress approved only $1.375 billion for construction of 55 miles (90 kilometers) of barriers along the border in Texas.

Ms. Lowey said the House, Senate and White House need to agree on another framework to increase the spending caps, though the administration said Democrats' insistence on equivalent increases for defense and domestic spending in past budget deals is a major part of Washington's fiscal problems. To stay within the caps, it shifts a portion of the military spending, some $165 billion, to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.

The current 2019 budget is more than $4.4 trillion, with a deficit of about $1 trillion expected, largely because of Trump's 2017 tax cuts. It will propose a 12 percent cut at the Education Department, a 12 per cent cut at the Department of Health and Human Services, an 11 per cent cut at the Interior Department, a 23 per cent cut at the State Department, a 32 percent cut at the Environmental Protection Agency and a 22 per cent cut at the Transportation Department, according to the summary.

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He said the budget proposal includes some elements Democrats could support, such as efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs, a $200 billion boost for infrastructure and more money to combat the opioid epidemic. They said the money "would be better spent on rebuilding America". Yet just like past year, here are the proposed cuts. That's the reality that will greet Trump's latest budget, which probably will promptly be shelved after it's received by Congress on Monday.

The Trump budget plan calls for a 5 percent funding boost for the Pentagon and a 5 percent cut in nonmilitary spending, while sparing popular programs providing health care and pensions for older Americans.

Trump's budget would impose mandatory work-requirements for millions of people who receive welfare assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid and housing programs.

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. He plans to ask Congress for an additional $8.6 billion in funding for the construction of a border wall along the United States' southern border.

President Donald Trump attends a meeting Thursday in the Oval Office at the White House.

He led a government shutdown in December that lasted for 35 days because Congress would not appropriate $5.7 billion to build sections of his long-promised wall.

"We have a crisis down there", White House adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox News Sunday. At least four members of Trump's party have said they plan - despite pressure from Republican leaders and the White House - to join Democrats in opposing the declaration.

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