Highlights of Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 12, 2019,
Mar 12, 2019, 1:59
In a joint Sunday statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed that the president's proposal would be defeated just as his previous funding request was shot down earlier this year following the lengthiest government shutdown in US history.
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 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".
'We hope they have an interest in maintaining and getting rid of the deficit, ' Vought said on CNBC.
President Donald Trump will try a third time to get the funding needed to build his signature anti-illegal immigration measure, a complete wall across the United States' southern border. Many Democratic leaders have said they will oppose the sweep of the White House's proposed budget cuts, though White House officials have signalled they plan to fight over the budget much harder this year, believing it provides a sharp contrast between Democrats and Republicans heading into the final year of Trump's first term.
While Mr. Trump made the claim that Mexico would pay for the wall at least 15 times over the course of the 2016 campaign, he's changed his tune regarding just how they would be contributing to the wall project. Presidential budget proposals are typically political documents, with Congress taking the lead to set federal spending levels. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history.
Overall, the White House looks to secure funding - via this year's budget, Trump's emergency declaration and previous appropriations - for 722 miles (1,162 km) of border barrier, using an estimated cost of about $25 million per mile of wall or fencing.
Trump rejected a bipartisan funding agreement in late 2018, prompting the partial government shutdown.
All told, the administration recently outlined roughly $8.1 billion in other immediate funding for the wall, which includes almost $1.4 billion in 2019 spending legislation, as well as $600 million from an asset forfeiture fund and $2.5 billion from Defense Department counter-drug funds. Republicans control the Senate.
The increasingly ambitious cuts to Medicare in the White House budget reflect the administration's narrowing budget math, as the federal deficit has continued to balloon under its watch. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a House-passed resolution negating the emergency decree.
But if budget talks bog down later this year amid a fight over border wall funding, it could force lawmakers to rethink this timeline and their entire approach.
White House officials say there are already 122 miles of barriers that have been completed or are now under construction.
Texas Border Patrol and Texas state troopers detaining aliens after they came over to the United States from Mexico in the Texas area near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 30, 2017. "I think it's exactly the right prescription", he said.
Nearly all of the proposals would require congressional approval, and lawmakers have dismissed cuts of similar size in Trump's past budgets. Trump also highlighted the proposal in his State of the Union address last month.
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. "And the White House is the wild card", he said. The administration is counting on robust growth, including from the Republican tax cuts - which Trump wants to make permanent - to push down the red ink.
The budget includes work requirements for those receiving food stamps and other government aid as part of the $2.7 trillion in non-defence cuts over the decade.