Trump Budget Going Nowhere on Capitol Hill

Trump plans to ask for another $8.6B to fund border wall: report

Trump would also renew his fight over a border wall and up the ante by requesting $8.6 billion in fiscal 2020, a 50 percent increase from the $5.7 billion he sought from Congress this year. Nancy Pelosi might try the same trick with House Republicans this time around to force them into voting for foodboxes and steep cuts in welfare, or more likely voting against both and risking the ire of some conservatives and Trump populists.

Titled "A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept".

The federal program provides medical assistance to millions of low-income and disabled Americans and the move would essentially wipe out the expansion effort led under President Barack Obama, in favor of limited block grants.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of the Interior will all see large budget cuts. Perhaps stung by accusations of having abandoned his campaign promises on national debt, Trump has outlined significant cuts to federal spending outside of national-security areas.

Despite no chance of Democrats approving the $8.6 billion, Trump is trying to send a political message that he intends to step up fighting for the promised wall. "This is a clear roadmap for a fiscally secured future if Congress chooses to follow it".

Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought said the budget Trump unveiled contains almost $2.7 trillion in savings and would balance in 15 years?

Democrats, including some seeking to challenge Trump in 2020, seized on the proposed Medicare cuts Monday as an example of the GOP seeking to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and the poor after giving broad tax breaks to the wealthy.

"This budget reflects the president's priorities to ensure that all Americans can benefit from the nation's historic economic boom and record low unemployment", Vought said.

In the 2000 miles southern border, only 700 miles have got barriers in place, which are mostly vehicle barriers and pedestrian fencing. "This is threatened by our unsustainable national debt, which has doubled under the previous administration and now stands at more than $22 trillion". As part of the spending-cut initiative, the administration has also identified a number of wasteful and inefficient programs. The budget also proposes policy changes to end sanctuary cities, the administration said.

Some programs will be targeted for cancellation altogether to push total non-defence discretionary spending below a cap of $542 billion established in a 2011 fiscal restraint law, an administration official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Democrats were quick to oppose the proposal; their primary concern was entitlement cuts.

Vought said that the administration is "totally ready and willing to talk with Congress" about how to put forward an additional $200 billion in new infrastructure investment. Pelosi condemned the budget proposal while arguing it would take away health care for many and undermine economic security for seniors and families.

"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", they said. As a result, the CBO does not expect the deficit to decline during the next decade, and expects that it will reach $1.3 trillion annually by 2029.

Needless to say, as Manu Raju does nonetheless, the Democratic majority in the House will not offer Trump a single dollar on the border wall ... again.

Presidential budgets tend to be seen as aspirational blueprints, rarely becoming enacted policy, and Trump's proposal for the new fiscal year, which begins October 1, sets up a showdown with Congress over priorities, especially as he reignites his push for money to build the U.S-Mexico border wall.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump's cuts to Medicare and Medicaid "are devastating, but not surprising".

In line with a year ago, the president calls for $200 billion for infrastructure spending that will leverage up to a trillion dollars, with state and private funding complementing the federal funds.

The presidential budget requests $750 billion for overall defense (including defense-related Energy Department funding), an increase of 5 percent from the 2019 level. Non-defense includes most Cabinet agencies, such as the EPA and departments of Education, State, and Health and Human Services.



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