Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

White House expected to address Trump’s budget proposal

White House expected to address Trump’s budget proposal

It will require a five percent budget cut on all domestic spending through multiple federal government agencies.

"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". The Democratic-led House already did so, and a handful of Republican senators, uneasy over what they see as an overreach of executive power, are expected to join Senate Democrats in following suit.

"We have a crisis down there", White House adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox News Sunday.

The House Budget Committee displays copies of President Trump's new budget proposal on Capitol Hill on Monday morning. But Congress refused and the president was "forced to admit defeat" and reopen the government, they added.

The budget contains $8.6 billion for more than 300 miles of new border wall.

To avoid another government shutdown, Congress will have to pass the 2020 budget by October 1, when the 2020 fiscal year starts.

Presidential budgets are rarely enacted, but Trump's sets up a new confrontation with Congress.

The new budget request includes a sizable funding boost to the Department of Homeland Security, including $3.3 billion, or 22 percent, more for Customs and Border Protection, and $1.2 billion more for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a 16 percent boost, officials said.

"It gives the president the ability to say he has fulfilled his commitment to gain operational control of the southwest border", an administration official said about the budget request. Along with other changes to federal welfare programs, the Trump budget aims to save $327 billion in welfare spending over 10 years. Several lawmakers have said they expect the debt ceiling to be raised as part of a broader budget deal this summer or fall.

Some Republicans and the White House have repeatedly proposed slashing its benefits, alleging it is wasteful, while many Democrats and a number of Republicans have fought back and sought to expand the program as a way to provide more benefits for the poor.

Other ideas, however, are more likely to gain traction - like the administration's request for almost $300 million to combat HIV/AIDS and lower new transmissions of the disease by 90 percent within a decade.

But he said Trump "is going to stay with his wall".

"This is a budget for the military industrial complex, for corporate CEOs, for Wall Street, and for the billionaire class", Sanders said.

Trump also calls for defence spending to rise more than 4 percent to $750 billion, using the emergency Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account - derided by conservatives as a slush fund - to skirt spending caps set out in a 2011 fiscal restraint law. The budget calls for Congress to approve up to $50 billion over 10 years in tax credits for donations to "scholarship programs for families of elementary and secondary students who are seeking state-defined public or private education options"-similar to some state-level school choice scholarship programs".

Congress approved roughly $1.4 billion for border fencing projects for the 2019 fiscal year, well under the $5.7 billion Trump asked for.

The House voted February 26 to block the emergency declaration, and enough Republicans have said they'll also vote against it for it to pass in the Senate. Previously this year it will be $716 billion. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps - threatening to veto one previous year - but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in the fall.

Last year's White House budget - an annual exercise that usually is more wish list than actual harbinger - also endorsed the Medicaid block grant idea, assuming it would be part of an ACA repeal.

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