As part of budget negotiations, President Donald Trump will seek $8.6 billion dollars to build the US Mexico border wall. This more than doubles his previous demands for funding.
The move sets up another Showdown with Congress which has rebuffed a previous request for funding for the border wall. In response to demands last month for funding President Trump shutdown the government earlier this year leading to the longest 35 de partial government shutdown in US history.
The budget request is poised to renew the battle for border wall funding and set the stage for a showdown with GOP Senators who have so far signal that they will block President Trump's Declaration of a national emergency.
The 8.6 billion dollars would come on top of money that Trump already has access to as part of the National Emergency that he declared last month. After Congress approved nearly $1.4 billion for Border barriers. That level of funding was far less than the $5.7 billion President Trump originally asked for.
With the deficit already projected to hit $1.1 trillion in the 2020 fiscal year, the highest in a decade, lawmakers are trying to safeguard funding that has already been approved for projects within their own States ranging from military spending to infrastructure to housing improvements. GOP Senators have signaled that they will resist any effort to divert funding away from such projects to build the border wall.
Titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First,” Trump’s proposal “embodies fiscal responsibility,” said Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump’s budget “points a steady glide path” toward lower spending and borrowing. He also told Fox News Sunday that there was no reason to “obsess” about deficits.
Democratic leadership rejected the proposal immediately
The Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, called the proposal “dangerous.” He said Trump added nearly $2 trillion to deficits with the GOP’s “tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price.”
“Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. They said the money “would be better spent on rebuilding America.”