Trump wants spending cuts and $8.6bn for his border wall

Posted March 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education released President Donald Trump's 2020 budget request Monday, which includes an experimental teacher voucher program.

"Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government". The budget plan will also assume continued robust economic growth in the U.S.

Speaking anonymously, an administration official said Trump's budget proposes increasing defense spending to $750bn and making the Space Force a military branch while reducing non-defense accounts by 5%, with cuts recommended to safety-net programs used by many Americans. And even though they have proposed budget cuts before, only to be rejected by Congress, his top advisers want to dig in on the cuts this year, convinced Americans will support them.

The White House officially released the broad details of its fiscal 2020 budget on March 11. It would also increase resources to fight the opioid epidemic with money for prevention, treatment, research and recovery, the administration said.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director and acting chief of staff, has previously slammed the OCO as a "slush fund".

Trump invoked the emergency declaration after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, less than the $5.7 billion he wanted. The budget projects trillion-dollar deficits until 2022.

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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.

The proposal came within President Trump's draft budget proposal - a document that also calls for a roughly $5.5 billion funding cut for the National Institutes of Health, despite the recent announcement of research and public health initiatives to end new HIV transmissions by 2030 and develop new treatments for childhood cancer.

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. The Democratic-led House already did so, and Trump's Republican allies in the Senate, uneasy over his move, are expected to follow suit.

To raise the military budget while still complying with congressional spending caps, Trump will proposedumping $165 billion into a war accountcalled the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which is not constrained by spending limits.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said Trump "relies on far too many accounting gimmicks and fantasy assumptions and puts forward far too few actual solutions".

President Donald Trump will be seeking $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S. -Mexico border wall, setting up another showdown with lawmakers who have resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise.

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At that point, the emergency declaration is expected to be tied up in court challenges. "The interest spending that we're now doing, is a major problem".

"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 White House claims its plan would balance the budget within 15 years-and that's only possible because the budget assumes 3 percent annual economic growth, a very rosy outlook.

"The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", they warned.

With Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, Trump's new wall-funding request appears to stand little chance. Mexico is still not paying for it.

The White House budget plan notes studies that estimate the task of renewing and modernising America's interstate road system will require a doubling or tripling of current spending.

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