White House: Trump Wants $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget

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"However, the national debt - now more than $22 trillion - remains a grave threat to our economic and societal prosperity".

President Donald Trump will this week request at least another US$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.

"But his budget does the exact opposite of what he promised the American people".

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

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".

Perhaps most notably among spending proposals, Trump is reviving his border wall fight. The new budget frames the issue of wall construction as a project to be finished by a president who is getting the job done.

Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.

President Donald Trump on Monday told Congress to slash funding for foreign aid and the State Department and increase spending for the military and the wall he wants to build on the U.S. -Mexico border in his 2020 budget, the opening move in his next funding fight with Congress.

"The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY. They say the money would be better spent on rebuilding the country.

But the Democratic-controlled House approved a resolution blocking the declaration. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history.

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The budget will also cut funding overseas.

At that point, the emergency declaration is expected to be tied up in court challenges. 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.

The White House is also requesting $3.6 billion to pay back the money the administration plans to redirect under the president's national emergency declaration.

Kudlow dismissed concerns with the federal budget deficit, which has ballooned as a result of the GOP tax cuts and increased government spending.

Trump needs this prize for his 2020 presidential reelection campaign. He also said that Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government repeatedly has refused to finance the project.

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.

Trump's wall request is based off a 2017 plan put forward by Customs and Border Protection officials to build or replace 722 miles (1,162 km) of barrier along the border, which in total is estimated to cost about $18 billion.

The budget released by the White House on Monday calls for Medicaid block grants to states - or a related idea that would create per-person funding caps - which both would be firsts in the program's half-century history.

The spending plan calls for a cut of almost $1.5 trillion in Medicaid over 10 years and for $1.2 trillion to be added for a new "Market Based Health Care Grant" - that is, the block grants that would start in 2021.

Tax cuts have been a priority for the Republican White House and Congress in the past two years, rather than deficit reduction. Vought has said it was part of plan to increase defense spending and cut the nondefense side of the budget. He proposes boosting defense dollars but shifting some of it to a contingency account that doesn't count toward budget caps.

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