Trump to seek another 8.6 billion USA dollars for border wall

Trump to seek another 8.6 billion USA dollars for border wall

Trump to seek another 8.6 billion USA dollars for border wall

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would not cut Medicare or Social Security, the retirement program for the elderly, but his budget a year ago also included a proposed cut of more than $550 billion to the program.

President Donald Trump plans to roll out his 2020 budget proposal on Monday.

To stay within the statutory budget caps, the budget funds national defense at the cap level, $576 billion, and shifts $164 billion of the defense spending to an overseas contingency operations, or OCO, fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting stunt. "Instead of investing in OH communities so they can grow and create jobs, President Trump is asking Ohioans to pay for tax cuts for millionaires by gutting Great Lakes programs and eliminating economic development efforts".

While pushing down spending in some areas, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposal will seek to increase funding in others to align with the president's priorities, according to one official. It's as radical as his previous budget that was flat-out rejected by a Republican Congress; a Democratic House will make short work of it.

Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.

"We need the wall and it has to be built and we want to build it fast", Trump said. The budget plan will also assume continued robust economic growth in the U.S.

"Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government".

Mr Trump has asked for $8.6bn in border wall funding, a request that congressional Democrats pronounced dead on arrival.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on Sunday they would block efforts by Trump to get $USD8.6 billion to build his wall.

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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.

Within the $750 billion request, the administration is seeking $576 billion in the Pentagon's baseline budget - the limit set by the Budget Control Act - $165 billion in OCO funds and $9 billion in emergency funds for disaster relief and to partially fund the wall the president wants to build along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Perhaps most notably among spending proposals, Trump is returning to his border wall fight. The administration is promising to backfill those funds, senators said. But the proposal also calls for major reductions in domestic spending.

Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur called Trump's budget request "cruel and shortsighted", noting that it would also reduce money to the Energy, Education, Agriculture and Interior Departments, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers. The new larger request includes $5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, combined with $3.6 billion from military construction accounts, a senior administration official said. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a House-passed resolution negating the emergency decree.

The Trump administration's emphasis on funding the Pentagon over diplomacy has alarmed retired military leaders, who said Sunday that squeezing the State Department budget undermines U.S. security and leadership.

The move is sure to spark another debate amongst Democrats and Republicans. If it passes, Trump is expected to veto the measure, and send it back to Congress where it does not appear to have sufficient backing to override a veto.

"The military alone can not keep our nation safe", more than a dozen former combatant commanders, including retired generals David Petraeus and Anthony Zinni and retired admiral James Stavridis, said in a statement urging Congress to protect funding for the State Department.

Over the weekend, the President took to Twitter to defend his performance on the border wall, which many of his 2016 supporters felt was a cornerstone of his campaign, and lash out at his most vocal critics. But they also said a military pay raise in the range of 3.1 percent is likely to survive.

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