Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

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".

"We have a crisis down there", he said.

This year's presidential budget is "likely even more dead on arrival than most", said Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Representative Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said the request was "not even worth the paper it's written on".

Trump re-opens plans for repealing "Obamacare", imposing work requirements for those receiving government aid and slashing the Environmental Protection Agency by about a third - all ideas Congress has rejected in the past. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said the budget is "not a serious proposal".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement Sunday they hoped the president had "learned his lesson" from the shutdown. The $2.7 trillion in proposed spending cuts is higher than any administration in history, they say. Second, Trump's new budget projects a $987 billion deficit for next year - despite continued prosperity. The Republican-led Congress last year rejected Trump's proposed cuts and instead approved $1.21 billion in program funding for fiscal year 2019. Eventually, Trump relented and reopened the government.

That money was used to finance 55 miles of wall along the Texas border.

The budget arrives as Trump's Republican allies in the Senate, uneasy over the emergency declaration, are expected this coming week to debate terminating it. Without an increase in the limit, the USA government would risk a default, which would shock the world economy.

Trump will request the additional $8.6 billion (£6.6 Billion) on Monday.

After a showdown with Trump, Congress only allocated $1.3 billion of the $5.7 billion Trump requested for the wall's construction.

Trump's 2020 budget provides the hike, notably to finance building his controversial border wall. Mexico is still not paying for it.

PREVIOUS STORY President Donald Trump on Monday will ask Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to pay for a wall along the southern border with Mexico, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News. Instead, he has insisted the money come from USA taxpayers, arguing that criminals, terrorists, and drugs are flooding into the United States from across the southern border.

"The whole issue of the wall, of border security, is of paramount importance", National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Sunday in an interview with Fox News. I think the president has made that case effectively.

"America is roaring back, and now is the time to invest in the future of America", President Donald Trump said of the newly released budget entitled, "A Budget for A Better America: Promises Kept". However, this year's document stands a greater chance of being ignored given many of its provisions would be of concern to vulnerable Republicans anxious about the political fallout in 2020 from cuts to welfare, such as a proposed $US845 billion reduction in Medicare for elderly Americans.

Medicaid is a health-care program for low-income and disabled Americans, run jointly by states and the federal government. Republicans control the Senate but need more than a handful of Democrats to secure the 60-vote threshold needed to pass a spending measure.

The budget also assumes about $500 billion in savings over 10 years by addressing waste, fraud and abuse in health care and another $207 billion from changes to student loan programs.

Second, Social Security and Medicare are starting their rapid growth so many budget experts have been warning about for years, making it even more hard to bring the budget into balance. Last week that number topped 50,000 and the new proposed budget would allow for further increases.

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