In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

As part of a broader spending package, Trump will seek $5 billion in additional funds for the Department of Homeland Security and another $3.6 billion in military construction funds.

The new border wall request is coming on top of the money Trump already has access to after declaring a national emergency last month.

This is a developing story. I think the president has made that case very effectively, ' he said.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Kudlow also said the Trump 2020 budget would contain a 5% across-the-board reduction in domestic spending, and would "point a steady glide path" towards lower federal spending and borrowing.

"I would just say that the whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance", Mr. Kudlow said. We have a crisis down there. Eventually, Trump relented and reopened the government.

Asked if that meant there would be another budget fight over the wall, like that which led to a long and damaging government shutdown at the turn of the year, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said: "I suppose there will be".

The White House is proposing a 5% cut across federal agencies, except for defense spending, as part of its budget plan for fiscal year 2020, which begins on October 1.

The final compromise bill offered $1.37 billion in funds to existing forms of border barrier and did not fully fund the president's wall request.

The budget arrives as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration.

The White House request, reported earlier by Reuters, represents the first marker in what's certain to be another protracted battle between the Trump administration and congressional negotiators - particularly Democrats who hold the majority in the House. They said the money "would be better spent on rebuilding America". Around the same time, Trump and lawmakers must agree to lift the debt ceiling or risk a default.

Trump will request the additional $8.6 billion on Monday, making his latest budgetary demand more than six times what the U.S. Congress allocated for southern border projects during each of the past two fiscal years. The budget proposal will also include another $3.6 million in military construction funding to make up for any projects delayed by the wall, officials said. "Finish the wall" is already a feature of his re-election campaign, a rallying cry plastered across banners and signs at his campaign rallies. He used to say Mexico would pay for it, but Mexico has refused to do so.

The president's demand for funds for his barrier comes on the heels of a five-week partial government shutdown, the longest in American history, where Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi battled over border money. A Bloomberg survey puts the consensus U.S. GDP forecast for 2019 at 2.5 percent, trailing off to 1.9 percent in 2020 as the impact of the 2017 Republican tax cuts fades. He's going to stay with his wall and he's going to stay with the border security theme. "I think it's essential".

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