White House Budget Proposal Asks For $8.6 Billion For Border Wall

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But the push for more wall funding - which is well above the $5.7 billion Mr. Trump had been seeking during the shutdown standoff - could be an indicator that the White House wants to keep the issue front and center as the 2020 presidential campaign kicks into high gear.

Vought, speaking on CNBC, says the proposed budget will also have cuts in discretionary spending, such as foreign aid and in welfare "reforms".

Trump harmed millions when he "recklessly" shut down the government in pursuit of funds to build an expensive border wall, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in a joint statement. Although the Trump Administration had requested major funding for the border wall, Republicans and Democrats could not agree to a budget that fully incorporated border wall funding, and the 2019 budget that eventually passed, just shy of an early February deadline, included only a bare minimum amount of wall funding.

Trump's proposed increase in military spending and his commitment to leaving entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare out the equation had White House economists admitting that it would take significantly longer to meet that goal.

Other initiatives the budget proposal touches upon include: school safety, expanding school choice accessibility and "promoting workforce development for the 21st century".

President Donald Trump on Monday will request at least another $8.6 billion in funding to build more sections of a wall along the Mexico border, setting up a fresh battle with Congress less than one month after Trump declared a national emergency. The budget plan will also assume continued robust economic growth in the U.S.

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With a built-in deficit of more than $22 trillion, the Trump administration described next year's budget for the fiscal year starting on October 1 as a "return to fiscal sanity" that won't hinder economic growth.

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.

An official 2020 White House budget won't appear until later this year.

Vought said, "Many of the reforms that we have are not what we would call a cut".

His budget also includes a plan to hire more than 2,800 law enforcement and other personnel for the agencies and 100 immigration judge teams, the report said.

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

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The budget would call for severe reductions at a number of federal agencies.

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 the Trump plan would not balance until 2034, exceeding the traditional 10-year outlook.

"America is roaring back, and now is the time to invest in the future of America", President Donald Trump said of the newly released budget entitled, "A Budget for A Better America: Promises Kept". The administration projects that the move will reduce the deficit from five percent of GDP in 2020 to less than one percent within ten years. Trump took that step after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted.

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

The administration will invest more than $80 billion for veterans services, a almost 10 per cent increase from current levels, including "significant" investments in rehabilitation, employment assistance and suicide prevention.

The budget arrives as the Senate readies to vote to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration. The administration put the blame on Congress for ignoring proposed cuts past year, which has resulted in delaying when balance can be achieved.

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