Pres. Trump budget calls for return to 'fiscal sanity'

Pres. Trump budget calls for return to 'fiscal sanity'

Otherwise, it will just result in the same capitulation we saw in February 2018, when Trump agreed to bust the budget caps for two years, even with Republicans in control of the House.

Trump harmed millions when he "recklessly" shut down the government in pursuit of funds to build an expensive border wall, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in a joint statement.

The request would more than double the $8.1 billion that could be available to the president after he declared a national emergency at the border to circumvent Congress once lawmakers refused his funding demands. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", the statement continued.

The new border wall request is coming on top of the money Trump already could have access to after declaring a national emergency last month, although there's no guarantee he'll be able to use that money if he faces a legal challenge, as is expected.

"I think the idea of having this massive OCO is not one that pretty much anyone takes seriously", he told reporters last week.

"President Trump has somehow managed to produce a budget request even more untethered from reality than his past two", said Democratic 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.

"Build the wall" was one of his signature campaign pledges in his first run for office in 2016. It's as radical as his previous budget that was flat-out rejected by a Republican Congress; a Democratic House will make short work of it.

"We have provided the course of action, the strategy, and the request to finish the job. It's a question of, will Congress allow us to finish the job", a second administration official said. An Oct. 1 deadline to keep the government running coincides with a deadline to lift the debt limit. "Even with deep spending cuts, the president's plan would not balance the budget until the mid-2030s", the Post reports, "falling short of the 10-year time frame that Republicans have sought for years". In addition to the September 30, 2019 deadline to reach a spending agreement, lawmakers believe they will also need to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling around that time.

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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 administration has not estimated how far the 2019 funds will go, but officials said average costs are about $25 million per mile (1.6 km).

The budget released by the White House on Monday calls for Medicaid block grants to states - or a related idea that would create per-person funding caps - which both would be firsts in the program's half-century history.

Perhaps most notably among spending proposals, Trump is reviving his border wall fight.

With a built-in deficit of more than $22 trillion, the Trump administration described next year's budget for the fiscal year starting on October 1 as a "return to fiscal sanity" that won't hinder economic growth.

An official 2020 White House budget won't appear until later this year.

By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead. Many lawmakers view the declaration as an overreach of executive power.

The budget arrived as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration. Trump is expected to veto the resolution.

'The Federal Government must employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States and reduce the flow of illegal aliens and illegal drugs into the country, ' it says.

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