House Democrats take aim at Trump's 2020 budget request

Trump plans to ask for another $8.6B to fund border wall: report

Military spending would go up. "While demanding billions more for his wasteful, ineffective wall, President Trump will steal from students and hungry families, from rural communities and American farmers, from clean air and clean water, and from vital, job-creating investments nationwide". The administration is counting on robust growth, including from the Republican tax cuts - which Trump wants to make permanent - to push down the red ink. OCO is not subject to BCA spending caps, and is being used as a loophole to increase the defense topline.

Trump's light policy load is also a function of his increasingly strained relationship with Congress.

In its own statement the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a nonpartisan anti-poverty nonprofit, accused the Trump administration of "terrorizing immigrants" with its budget proposal. This vast sum could even be used to finance the initial stages of a war with China or Russian Federation, if such a conflict did not immediately escalate into a world-destroying nuclear holocaust.

President Donald Trump's 2020 budget provides for a five per cent increase in defence spending, notably to finance building his controversial border wall, while slashing funds for diplomacy by 23 percent. If Trump can win on his declaration in court - and there's a reasonably good chance of that - he can continue to redirect funds in each budget year until the emergency comes to an end.

"President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico", the joint statement said. The Navy will contract for two new Gerald Ford-class supercarriers, costing upwards of $13 billion apiece. The Department of Defense also gets $3.6 billion to assist in the mission to secure the border. Reports from administration sources indicate that the president's budget includes $8.6 billion to fund construction of a border wall, in addition to $3.6 billion to repay military construction funds he has attempted to seize to construct a wall.

It calls for more than $8 billion in border wall funding, meaning a fight in Congress is certain.

President Trump's budget would largely skip the hard work of cutting entitlement spending, the biggest driver of federal debt, instead proposing to slow the growth of payments to Medicare providers and leaving Social Security untouched. Under the budget, both programs would be turned over to the states starting in 2021.

"Contrary to what most Americans believe, the war on terror is not winding down", noted Stephanie Savell, a researcher at Brown University who helped compile the infographic.

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Trump on Monday unveiled his record $4.7 trillion federal budget for the fiscal year that begins on October 1.

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".

"President Trump has somehow managed to produce a budget request even more untethered from reality than his past two", said Democratic U.S. Representative Nita Lowey, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.

The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan arm of Congress, in January pushed out its projections for the deficit to top $1 trillion until 2022 from an earlier expectation of 2020 amid lower disaster relief spending.

The Democratic leadership fully embraced Trump's military budget as part of a bipartisan deal last year, and it is just as enthusiastically in support of the Pentagon this year.

Trump on Monday called his plan a bold next step for a nation experiencing "an economic miracle". But administration officials said it would reduce projected Medicare increases by $845 billion over 10 years, about half by eliminating waste and fraud, and by lowering the prices the government pays for prescription drugs.

It seeks to cut $220 billion from food stamps over the course of a decade, once again promoting the Trump administration's widely panned harvest box proposal, which would take billions in SNAP benefits that are spent in grocery stores and divert the money to supplying low-income people with boxes of wholesale staple foods.

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