Democrats Slam Trump's Border Wall Request Despite Rising Migration

President Trump Sends Record Breaking Budget to Congress

President Trump Sends Record Breaking Budget to Congress

The Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, 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".

White House budget requests are frequently ignored by Congress. The budget proposal will be released on Monday, March 11, 2019.

The $8.6 billion request for barrier funding-$5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and $3.6 billion for Defense Department military construction-would enable the Trump administration to complete its plans for new or replacement barriers for 722 miles of the U.S. -Mexico border, an administration official said.

"This budget says a lot about the President's priorities: cut $845 billion from Medicare, while spending billions on his vanity project, the wall", Sen. And most Americans just don't want the reforms needed to change that.

The White House included a similar concept in the previous year's budget proposal, but rejected a similar scheme in MA, arguing it was illegal for the state to accept rebate payments from drugmakers without covering all available treatments. "But his budget does the exact opposite of what he promised the American people".

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of the Interior will all see large budget cuts. Trump has regularity promised to lower federal spending and cut bureaucratic red tape.

"We view the president's 2020 budget proposal as a political priority-setting document".

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said Trump "relies on far too many accounting gimmicks and fantasy assumptions and puts forward far too few actual solutions". "This is a clear roadmap for a fiscally secured future if Congress chooses to follow it".

The White House claims its plan would balance the budget within 15 years-and that's only possible because the budget assumes 3 percent annual economic growth, a very rosy outlook. But the proposal also calls for major reductions in domestic spending. The $2.7 trillion in proposed reductions over the decade is higher than any administration in history, they say. The military, however, will be spared from a budget hit, according to reports. "This is threatened by our unsustainable national debt, which has doubled under the previous administration and now stands at more than $22 trillion".

If history is any guide, those cuts are not likely to pass.

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Total discretionary spending, combining defense and non-defense programs, would be trimmed by 1.8 percent in the coming year, to $1.3 trillion.

Democrats were quick to oppose the proposal; their primary concern was entitlement cuts.

As I detailed last week, the budget plan attempts to skirt budget caps in order to increase military spending by $34 billion, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $750 billion.

President Trump hurt millions of Americans when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall.

On Capitol Hill, the budget landed without much fanfare from Trump's GOP allies, while Democrats found plenty not to like. The law lowered taxes for most individuals and families while also cutting rates for many businesses. The budget projects trillion-dollar deficits until 2022.

Trump wanted $5.7 billion but Congress appropriated only $1.375 billion. While on average, non-defense accounts would be cut by 5 percent, border security and veterans programs within those totals are in line for big boosts.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump's cuts to Medicare and Medicaid "are devastating, but not surprising". "The Trump administration's budget would take our country backwards and weaken, rather than strengthen, our middle class".

The proposal is a steep ask from the president, whose previous request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding was denied by lawmakers and set off the longest government shutdown in USA history.

The White House is seeking just over $93 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs, an increase of $6.5 billion from current spending.

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