Pres. Trump budget calls for return to 'fiscal sanity'

Donald Trump

Trump also wants to redirect USD 5 billion from the Department of Homeland Security's budget, bringing the total amount devoted to his wall to USD 8.6 billion, or more than USD 12 billion if the requested 2019 funding reimbursement is included. Reuters first reported the $8.6 billion figure. He said Trump added almost $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".

"I suppose there will be", he said. "We will extend the tax cut and make it permanent", the administration official said during Monday's briefing.

Even in his budget, Trump is acting as if "nobody cares".

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement that Mr Trump's plan "is not worth the paper it is printed on".

The government shutdown for 35 days beginning in December after Congress and the White House deadlocked on funding for the wall. "They have little-to-no say in the courses they take".

'We hope they have an interest in maintaining and getting rid of the deficit, ' Vought said on CNBC.

The $2.7 trillion in proposed domestic spending cuts over the next decade is higher than any administration's reductions in history.

The 2020 budget from the White House is the first budget offering since Congress became divided along party lines last January. The partisan fights surrounding the issue led to a 35-day partial government shutdown - the longest in US history - that stretched from the end of 2018 and into January.

The border wall, though, remains a signature issue for the president and is poised to stay at the forefront of his agenda, even though Congress has resisted giving him more money for it.

The budget arrives as the Senate readies to vote to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration. Frankly, that's all a president's budget does - Congress routinely says, "Yeah, thanks", and then promptly ignores every president's budget. "And the White House is the wild card", he said. Without an increase in the limit, the USA government would risk a default, which would shock the world economy.

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The budget also includes steep cuts for some major departments, including a $2.8 billion decrease - or 31 percent - in funding for the EPA and an approximately $13 billion cut, or 23 percent, for the State Department and other global programs.

The number of people crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico had fallen in recent years, but there has been a sharp increase in recent months.

For part of fiscal year 2019, Trump asked Congress for $5.7 billion for wall construction. The White House claims that the 'crisis at our southern border has strained Federal resources and overwhelmed agencies charged with border security and immigration enforcement.

But since Mr. Trump upset victory in the presidential election, the Mexican government has been adamant that it won't pay for the wall.

"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", they said. He also said Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government has repeatedly refused to finance the project. 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.

Kudlow tells Fox News Sunday he's confident that economic growth will top 3 percent in 2019 and beyond.

"I don't think good growth policies have to obsess necessarily about the budget deficits and so forth", Kudlow said. The request includes a $500 million, 10-year childhood cancer initiative that Trump proposed in his State of the Union address. 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 promotes quality education and job training, holds higher education institutions more accountable, and expands Pell Grants to high-quality short-term training programs", according to the White House. "This budget will balance in 15 years".

The plan provides a boost of about $34 billion for the Defense Department, to $750 billion next year, while including significant cuts to other federal departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency and domestic social programs.

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