Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

Trump expected to seek $8.6B for border wall in new budget

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, including his push for $8.6 billion to build the U.S-Mexico border wall. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) won his seat after running ads past year accusing Democrat Bill Nelson of voting to cut Medicare. That figure is more than six times what Congress gave Trump for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than he has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year after he failed to get the money he wanted. But Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another shutdown in the fall.

"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", Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday in a joint statement.

The request would more than double the $8.1 billion that could be available to the president after he declared a national emergency at the border to circumvent Congress once lawmakers refused his funding demands. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", said the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY. "We hope he learned his lesson".

Mr. Trump now says he never really expected Mexico to make a direct payment to pay for a border wall, telling reporters in January, "When during the campaign I would say Mexico is going to pay for it, obviously I never said this and I never meant they were going to write out a check, I said they're going to pay for it".

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. "I think it's essential".

Growing budget deficits would run contrary to the narrative put forth by the Trump administration that a package of tax cuts that took force a year ago will pay for themselves through faster economic growth.

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. "Finish the wall" is already a feature of his re-election campaign, a rallying cry plastered across banners and signs at his campaign rallies. The debt has prevented us from enjoying more than three percent growth even during the best job market.

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"We do have an $8.6 billion request to Congress to complete the wall".

Trump said he's "stopping an invasion" of the Twitter comments Saturday directed at conservative commentator Ann Coulter, whose criticism reportedly helped inspire his decision to hunker down for a record-long shutdown.

The new border wall request is coming on top of the money Trump already could have access to after declaring a national emergency last month, although there's no guarantee he'll be able to use that money if he faces a legal challenge, as is expected.

The administration has not estimated how far the 2019 funds will go, but officials said average costs are about $25 million per mile (1.6 km). But the proposal also calls for major reductions in domestic spending.

Word of the pay freeze was originally reported by Government Executive who quoted a senior administration official as saying, "The FY2020 budget forgoes an across-the-board federal civilian employee pay increase in calendar year 2020". The president has asked for $506 million to hire more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.

"The Trump budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises", Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement. Lawmakers from both parties oppose the emergency declaration, but Congress appears to lack a veto-proof margin to block Trump.

A coalition of state governments led by California has sued Trump to block the emergency move, though legal experts have said the lawsuits face a hard road.

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