Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Budget showdown looms over Trump's expected request for border wall funding

Budget showdown looms over Trump's expected request for border wall funding

President Donald Trump will propose a USA budget that wouldn't balance for 15 years, even assuming stronger economic growth than private forecasters expect and with deep domestic spending cuts that have little chance of passing Congress.

Still, the White House is highlighting Trump's desire to build 722 miles of barriers along the border as a way to combat drugs and crime with the allocation in the document outlining his preferred fiscal year 2020 spending. Lawmakers have previously rebuffed Trump's calls to cut funding for federal environmental and transportation programs - just as they ignored many of President Barack Obama's spending priorities. Vought has said it was part of plan to increase defense spending and cut the nondefense side of the budget.

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

The plan sticks to budget caps that both parties have routinely broken in recent years and promises to come into balance in 15 years, relying in part on economic growth that may be uncertain.

The budget request would cut Education Department funding by 10 percent while expanding money for school choice, school safety and apprenticeship programs.

Back in the US, Trump has asked for $5 billion to fund the construction of his long-promised border wall, and $3.8 billion to repay the funds redirected following his national emergency declaration last month. Republicans and Democrats alike have been promising to "eliminate the deficit in 10 years" since the last time the federal government had a budget surplus in fiscal 2001.

The House voted February 26 to block the emergency declaration, and enough Republicans have said they'll also vote against it for it to pass in the Senate.

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. "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.

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In this March 6, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The White House budget blueprint is sure to hit a wall of opposition from Democrats and encounter resistance from Republicans as well.

The strategy to win the spending fight goes as follows: Unlike previous year, the status quo in any budget stalemate at the beginning of FY 2020 in October should benefit fiscal conservatives.

The border wall remains a signature issue for the president and is poised to stay at the forefront of his agenda, even though Congress has resisted giving him more money for it.

President Donald Trump's pursuit of funding for his border wall will only lead to another government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned on Sunday.

The budget arrives as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration.

"Without a renewed commitment to addressing the needs of our interstates, the system will become even more congested, more expensive to fix, and less safe - hindering our economic competitiveness and quality of life", the White House said in the budget documents.

The request faces a steep uphill battle as Democrats, who oppose the wall as unnecessary and immoral, control the House, making the request's passage unlikely.

His budget would also propose a major overhaul of Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans run jointly with states, by turning more power over to states. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. He also said Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government has repeatedly refused to finance the project.

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