President Trump Doubles Down on Democrats with $8.6B Border Wall Request

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Trump invoked the emergency declaration after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, less than the $5.7 billion he wanted.

Despite the strong opposition from House Democrats which led to a 35-day partial government shutdown that stretched from just before Christmas until the end of January, Trump plans to request an additional $8.6 billion for the border wall, according to reports.

The request faces a steep uphill battle as Democrats, who oppose the wall as unnecessary and immoral, control the House, making the request's passage unlikely. Another government shutdown and confrontation with Congress are looming large as President Trump is seeking more funding for his Mexico border wall project at the southern border.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on Sunday they would block efforts by Trump to get $USD8.6 billion to build his wall. "I think it's essential".

Titled "A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept". "Instead of investing in OH communities so they can grow and create jobs, President Trump is asking Ohioans to pay for tax cuts for millionaires by gutting Great Lakes programs and eliminating economic development efforts".

The current 2019 budget is more than $4.4 trillion, with a deficit of about $1 trillion expected, largely because of Trump's 2017 tax cuts.

Announced on Monday, the 2020 budget promises to drive down the US' staggering $22 trillion debt by cutting "wasteful Washington spending", while demanding more resources for defense and national security.

Though the plan comes with a built-in deficit of more than $USD2 trillion, Trump administration officials described it as a "return to fiscal sanity" that won't hinder economic growth. Congress appears to have enough votes to reject Trump's declaration, but not enough to overturn a veto. "So Trump would sacrifice pretty much everything else, including "$1.1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, over $500 billion from food, housing, and student loan programs, and over $200 billion from federal retirements programs and the U.S. Postal Service", for his wall and his military toys.

To stay within the statutory budget caps, the budget funds national defense at the cap level, $576 billion, and shifts $164 billion of the defense spending to an overseas contingency operations, or OCO, fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting stunt.

The White House says that the president would cut the non-defense part of the budget by about 5 percent. Others have predicted lower growth.

"The Trump Administration's budget fails the Great Lakes and the communities which depend on them for their drinking water, public health, jobs, and quality of life", said a statement from Lord.

On an unrelated note, Trump's budget would also cut Education Department funding by 10 percent even as it expands money for school choice programs, apprenticeship programs and school safety.

"Congress has been ignoring the President's spending reductions for the last two years", Vought told reporters.

The $1bn childcare plan is a one-off allocation that would seek to improve access to care for underserved populations. Trump proposed giving huge increases to the military while enacting historic cuts to non-military agencies.

But the declaration has been blocked in the House, and the Senate must vote on it this week.

The wall with Mexico played a big part in Trump's campaign for the White House, and it's expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort.

Judy Woodruff talks to the president's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, about his priorities and why "growth solves a lot of problems" for the economy.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump's cuts to Medicare and Medicaid "are devastating, but not surprising". He said the economic policies it contains would "generate more than enough revenue to pay" for tax cuts passed on Trump's watch.