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13 March 2019, 12:11 | Tara Lloyd
"Dangerous", not serious, a "sham", they said. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY. "We hope he learned his lesson", they said. The White House also proposed reforms to mandatory spending programs such as food stamps to cut $22 billion.
"Without a renewed commitment to addressing the needs of our interstates, the system will become even more congested, more expensive to fix, and less safe - hindering our economic competitiveness and quality of life", the White House said in the budgetdocuments.
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. The partisan fights surrounding the issue led to a 35-day partial government shutdown - the longest in USA history - that stretched from the end of 2018 and into January. Eventually, Trump relented and reopened the government.
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.
To try to extract more funds, Trump last month declared a national emergency and said he would redirect more than $6.7 billion from other programs to build even more sections of the wall.
The House voted February 26 to block the emergency declaration, and enough Republicans have said they'll also vote against it for it to pass in the Senate. "And the White House is the wild card", he said. Failing to do that could risk an economy-shaking USA government debt default.
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The demand, part of the administration's budget request for fiscal year 2020, is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years and slightly more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year.
In total, Trump has secured $8.1 billion for the project, enough to build approximately 324 miles of wall, using an average cost of $25 million per mile estimated by officials.
The Washington Post reported that the president's request for wall funding will come in the form of 5 billion US dollars from the Department of Homeland Security and another 3.6 billion USA dollars from the Pentagon.
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.
Even some of the programs in Trump's budget that could be perceived as progressive are offset by other things.
Kudlow tells Fox News Sunday he's confident that economic growth will top 3 percent in 2019 and beyond. I think the president has made that case effectively.
The Republican president's budget requested US$20.8 billion (RM85 billion) for the Usda, a cut of US$3.6 billion, or 15 per cent, from the 2019 estimate, according to the proposed budget text.
Medicaid is a health-care program for low-income and disabled Americans, run jointly by states and the federal government.
Democrats described the White House's budget as a "gut-punch" to the country's middle class, arguing reduced spending on numerous health and safety programs would be "devastating" to Americans. Last week that number topped 50,000 and the new proposed budget would allow for further increases.
By comparison, proposed funding for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) amounts to Dollars 42.8 billion, a decrease from the Dollars 55.8 billion granted by Congress the previous year. At least four members of Trump's party have said they plan - despite pressure from Republican leaders and the White House - to join Democrats in opposing the declaration. The chairman of the House Budget Committee, congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky, calls the proposed cuts to essential services "dangerous".
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