With budget, Trump throws opening jab in next funding fight with Congress

Trump to seek another US$8.6b for border wall

But Congress refused and the president was "forced to admit defeat" and reopen the government, they added.

President Donald Trump has announced his 2020 budget request. The budget plan will also assume continued robust economic growth in the U.S. While Trump has called for boosting the military, cutting taxes, and cutting the budgets of domestic agencies and social welfare programs, numerous Democrats have proposed something much different.

President Donald Trump on Monday called for spending more money on the military and a U.S. -Mexico border wall while overhauling social programs for the poor in a budget plan that sets the stage for his next fight with the U.S. Congress. Vought has said it was part of plan to increase defense spending and cut the nondefense side of the budget.

Non-defence spending was held below those caps, thanks to steep proposed funding cuts to the State Department (23 percent) and Environmental Protection Agency (31 percent), among others.

He led a government shutdown in December that lasted for 35 days because Congress would not appropriate $5.7 billion to build sections of his long-promised wall.

The Department of Justice is afforded $330 million in the budget to fight the opioid crisis that has been an increasing focus of the Trump administration.

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To stay within prescribed budget caps, the proposal shifts about $165 billion in defense spending to an overseas contingency fund, an action critics view as an accounting gimmick.

He declared the emergency after the Congress approved only US$1.375 billion for construction of 90km of barriers along the border in Texas. That 15-year timeline breaks with Republican orthodoxy, as GOP lawmakers have pushed to eliminate the federal deficit within 10 years. Trump's budget calls for $200 billion in new infrastructure spending, though White House officials say they are deliberately not offering many specifics on how the funding should be used and hope to work with Congress on that front.

The Wall Street Journal and CNN subsequently confirmed the reporting. "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. -Mexican border as part of his budget request to be released Monday.

Tax cuts have been a priority for the Republican White House and Congress in recent years, rather than deficit reduction.

The officials confirmed that the request was part of Trump's spending blueprint for the 2020 budget year that begins October 1.

The Democratic chair of the House budget committee, John Yarmuth of Kentucky, called proposed cuts to essential services "dangerous" and said Trump had already added almost $2tn to deficits with "tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price". That is roughly $54 billion from current high levels, although proposed disaster spending chews up about half of that savings.

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Still, according to Trump's budget, the spending cuts would do little to reduce what is shaping up to be a colossal deficit in the next several years.

I would just say that the whole issue of the wall, of border security, is of paramount importance.

"The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", they said in a joint statement.

But the emergency declaration is likely to be tied up in the courts.

That's 6 percent more than he's gotten from Congress for the past two years, and well more than the $5 billion he originally demanded.

That would provide a majority for overturning the declaration, and Mr Trump would then be expected to veto the bill, his first use of presidential veto power.

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House Democrats have already called the plan dead on arrival, arguing that the proposal would leave the country less safe and secure with "no chance" of passing in the chamber that they control. Mexico is still not paying for it.

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