Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for border wall

Trump to seek another $8.6 billion for border wall

The request, which is to be formally unveiled on Monday, would far exceed the US$5.7 billion Mr Trump demanded past year, which led to an impasse that resulted in a 35-day partial shutdown of the United States government, the longest ever.

But he said Trump "is going to stay with his wall. I think the president has made that case very effectively".

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Kudlow also said the Trump 2020 budget would contain a 5% across-the-board reduction in domestic spending, and would "point a steady glide path" towards lower federal spending and borrowing.

Mr. Kudlow said he's not terribly concerned about budget deficits at the moment as long as the administration can keep public debt-to-GDP ratios at a reasonable level. The deficit is approaching $1n.

But Kudlow said Trump "is going to stay with his wall". Others have predicted lower growth. Trump took that step after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted.

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.

The Senate, narrowly controlled by Republicans, is to vote on the same resolution this week.

"Build the wall" was one of his signature campaign pledges in his first run for office in 2016.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., added that Trump caused a government shutdown in December because he defied Congress and demanded a wall. Trump's budget could touch off a sequel, ahead of three fiscal deadlines this fall.

To avoid another government shutdown, Congress will have to pass the 2020 budget by October 1, when the 2020 fiscal year starts.

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The current USA national debt is approximately $22 trillion, a record high and $2 trillion higher than it was in 2016 when Trump took office.

The budget will request $5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and another $3.6 billion for the Defense Department's military construction budget to build more sections of wall along the US southern border, The Washington Post reported.

"We have provided the course of action, the strategy and the request to finish the job".

Russ Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement the proposal "embodies fiscal responsibility" and "shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence".

As the Washington Examiner reported, the proposed funds would be used to build or replace wall along 722 miles of border.

So far, only 111 miles (179 km) have been built or are underway, officials said.

The request would more than double the $8.1 billion already available to the president after he declared a national emergency at the border in order to circumvent Congress after lawmakers refused his funding demands. The Wall Street Journal and CNN subsequently confirmed the reporting.

The budget proposal would include another $3.6 billion in military construction to fund projects delayed by the wall.

Last year, the president proposed a $4.4 trillion budget for 2019. The budget proposal includes a plan to hire more than 2,800 law enforcement and support personnel for the agencies, and 100 immigration judge teams, officials said.

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