Trump to Seek $8.6 Billion for Wall, Set Up New Budget Fight

Geraldine Edwards
March 11, 2019

The proposal includes $750 billion in military spending, with 5 percent cuts in non-defense domestic discretionary spending across the board.

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.

The move is sure to spark another debate amongst Democrats and Republicans.

Trump's spending plan also requires colleges and universities "to share a portion of the financial responsibility associated with federal student loans"; allocates $80 billion for veterans - a 10 percent boost from fiscal 2019; and provides investments "in the capabilities and domains critical to future conflicts", including space, artificial intelligence, and hypersonics.

Kudlow tells Fox News Sunday he's confident that economic growth will top 3 percent in 2019 and beyond.

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"He's going to stay with his wall and he's going to stay with the border security theme". He is going to stay with his border security. "I think the president has made that case very effectively".

Kudlow predicted that US economic growth can continue at 3 percent in 2019 and beyond, even as many private economists look for a slowdown this year as the impact of the 2017 Republican tax cuts wears off.

The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss budget details before Monday's release of the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity. Other proposals include a request for Congress to make projections indicating that the budget would be balanced by 2034, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

"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".

The White House and Congress must agree on funding by October 1 to keep the government funded and open - which coincides with the deadline to lift the debt limit, or risk a default, which would have severe economic repercussions.

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"The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", they said in a joint statement. "We hope he learned his lesson".

The Washington Post reported that the president's request for wall funding will come in the form of US$5 billion from the Homeland Security Department and US$3.6 billion from the Pentagon.

The administration recently outlined roughly $8.1 billion in other immediate funding for the wall, which includes almost $1.4 billion in a recent spending bill, as well as $600 million from asset forfeitures, $2.5 billion from Defense Department counter-narcotics funds, and $3.6 billion from military construction money.

Pelosi and Schumer issued their statement in response to reports that indicated Trump plans to ask Congress for $8.6 billion in funding for a border wall.

The Democratic-controlled House voted last month by 245-to-182 to nullify Mr Trump's emergency declaration. A number of Senate Republicans have said they oppose Trump moving unilaterally to move money without congressional approval and they are expected to pass a disapproval vote in the coming days.

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Trump's budget could touch off a sequel, ahead of three fiscal deadlines this fall.

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