House Democrats take aim at Trump's 2020 budget request

APAn AP graphic charts changes to cabinet department and federal agency budgets in President Trump's proposed 2020 fiscal year budget

APAn AP graphic charts changes to cabinet department and federal agency budgets in President Trump's proposed 2020 fiscal year budget

The border wall is just one flash-point in the president's $4 trillion budget blueprint. "We have a crisis down there".

Not even the budget is above a dose of "Russiagate" hysteria.

The government shutdown for 35 days beginning in December after Congress and the White House deadlocked on funding for the wall. They're still saying that, ' he said. "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. "We hope he learned his lesson".

"This budget contains almost $2.7 trillion in savings, more spending reductions proposed than any administration in history", Vought told reporters at the White House on Monday.

But for budget experts, this is the latest reminder that there is little appetite in the White House or in Congress to bring down the annual deficit, let alone the debt.

Last year, a protracted battle over Trump's demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding led to a five-week partial shutdown of the government.

In addition to $8.6 billion more for the border wall, the plan would fund 5,000 new Border Patrol Agents, allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to add 10,000 officers and investigators and expand detention centers, according to the White House budget office.

The Senate this week could join the House of Representatives in revoking Trump's emergency declaration although Congress appears to lack the two-thirds majorities needed to override Trump's expected veto of the vote against the wall.

Congress largely ignored previous Trump budgets, even when Republicans were in full control. The White House said it aims to ensure clean air and water and chemical safety while "reducing regulatory burden and eliminating lower-priority activities". They also must pass a measure to raise the debt ceiling in September or October or they will risk having the government falling behind on its obligations, something that could rattle the economy and financial markets.

The budget also confirms Trump's desire to create a "Space Force" with a 15 percent jump in funds for space exploration, at $14.1 billion.

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.

White House officials say there are already 196km of barriers that have been completed or are under construction.

Michael Reynolds  EPA via Shutterstock
Michael Reynolds EPA via Shutterstock

Instead of building a wall, Pelosi and Schumer suggested Trump begin "rebuilding America".

Keegan Barber/ZUMA Press/NewscomPage 1 of President Donald Trump's proposed budget boldly promises to tame America's runaway national debt, which recently surpassed $22 trillion and continues to grow. He also wants an additional $8.6 billion for the U.S. -Mexico border wall.

Texas Border Patrol and Texas state troopers detaining aliens after they came over to the United States from Mexico in the Texas area near Hidalgo, Texas, on May 30, 2017.

At least one Northeast Ohio member of Congress applauded Trump's budget proposal.

In an interview with the Fox News Sunday show, Kudlow said, "It will be a tough budget".

"I don't think good growth policies have to obsess necessarily about the budget deficits and so forth", Kudlow said. Furthermore, the budget would preclude the Defense Department from any funding caps that are set to take place during fiscal year 2020-all positive news for the Direxion Daily Aerospace & Defense Bull 3X Shares (NYSEARCA: DFEN).

Medicaid is a health-care program for low-income and disabled Americans, run jointly by states and the federal government.

The emergency declaration was roundly criticized by Democrats, joined by a handful of Republicans, who said it represented a possibly unconstitutional overreach of presidential authority.

In the meantime, the Trump administration will provide a federal tax credit of up to 50 billion dollars over 10 years for donations to scholarship programs for elementary and secondary school students seeking state-level public or private education.

The proposed budget contains massive cuts to the agency overall and various environmental programs.

Democrats have called the proposed cuts to essential services "dangerous".

Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, also criticized the budget's Education Department proposals, saying it showed "how wildly out of sync" DeVos is. The programs are popular with older voters.

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