Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for border wall

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"It's a question of, will Congress allow us to finish the job", another administration official said.

The U.S. Department of Education released President Donald Trump's 2020 budget request Monday, which includes an experimental teacher voucher program. "I think the president has made that case very effectively", Mr. Kudlow said on "Fox News Sunday".

Still, it's hard to see this budget proposal as a serious effort at curing Washington's fiscal problems. The $4.7 trillion funding plan cuts foreign aid and DC spending, and gives a boost to the military and border security, as well as to countering Russia's "influence".

The administration is also asking Congress for $USD40 billion to fund the State Department's work on worldwide diplomacy and aid in fiscal 2020, a slight increase from last year's request but nowhere close to addressing deep cuts made in 2017.

The White House plans to rely on this strategy next year, too, to get around budget caps.

However, Trump's plan would prolong federal deficits, with the administration estimating it would put the US on track for a balanced budget by 2034.

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

"I think the idea of having this massive OCO is not one that pretty much anyone takes seriously", he told reporters last week. The White House budget blueprint is sure to hit a wall of opposition from Democrats and encounter resistance from Republicans as well.

President Donald Trump on Monday will request at least another $8.6 billion in funding to build more sections of a wall along the Mexico border, setting up a fresh battle with Congress less than one month after Trump declared a national emergency.

The annual budget proposal will set up a clash with the Democrats, who have a majority in the House of Representatives and are certain to set out alternative spending plans.

The White House doesn't forecast a balanced budget at any point during Trump's presidency, even with rosy projections for economic growth.

The budget asks for $USD8.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border of the USA, which includes a $USD5 billion request for the Department of Homeland Security and $USD3.6 billion for the Pentagon's military construction budget.

"The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY.

The president recently declared a national emergency on the southern border - a move the White House says will unlock about $3.6 billion in military construction money to use for wall building. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", the leaders continued. "This budget puts forward $2.7 trillion in spending reduction over the next ten years and balances within 15 years", Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought said. They said the money "would be better spent on rebuilding America". It also would eliminate funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has gone to about three dozen states over the past five years. Other economic experts disagree that growth will be that high, with many predicting slow growth.

The request will come as part of a broader proposal that would call for major spending cuts across a range of domestic government programs while seeking a large increase for the Pentagon.

The White House budget calls for a number of new programs to reduce Medicare spending, including by increasing audits of payments through Medicare Advantage, instituting new changes to reduce other forms of "fraud and abuse", and changing hospital reimbursement rates.

President Trump will submit his budget to Congress today and it will likely be voted on in the coming weeks. And even though they have proposed budget cuts before, only to be rejected by Congress, his top advisers want to dig in on the cuts this year, convinced Americans will support them.

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