In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

In budget, Trump to ask Congress for $8.6 billion for border wall

In a new spin on what has become a consistent ploy, the USA president will again seek to gain congressional approval for his favorite 2016 campaign promise: the construction of an impassable wall to separate the border between the United States and Mexico, according to multiple reports.

After submitting to congressional approval for $1.375 for additional barriers instead, Trump lifted the shutdown January 25, but declared a national emergency February 15 as a means to bypass a Democratic-controlled House, a move that would enable the president to redirect cash resources toward his wall, according to The Hill.

"I don't think good growth policies have to obsess necessarily about the budget deficits and so forth", Mr. Kudlow said.

A number of lawsuits have since been filed against the national emergency, and the Senate is set to pass a resolution that disapproves of the move.

"Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government".

"The whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance".

Asked on Fox News Sunday about the new funding request and if there would be another budget fight over Trump's wall, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, "I suppose there will be".

The demand is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than Trump has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year.

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


'He's going to stay with his wall, and he's going to stay with the border security theme, ' Kudlow noted of the president. "I think the president has made that case very effectively".

Kudlow, a former Wall Street analyst and now the director of the National Economic Council, described Trump's administration budget strategy as "exactly the right prescription".

Democrats on Sunday were quick to announce Trump's new border wall funding proposal dead on arrival.

It was Democrats that emerged triumphant from that clash and their control of the House makes it highly unlikely the president will receive the money he is asking for in his 2020 budget.

His move has already been challenged in court with a coalition of 16 USA states led by California suing Trump and top members of his administration in an attempt to block his emergency declaration. Trump took that step after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted.

The Trump administration is headed for a budget clash with Congress, with calls for deep domestic spending cuts that lawmakers are likely to ignore as the nation's debt reaches record levels.

The 2020 budget proposal will undoubtedly keep border security a top issue as the presidential election gets underway.

Funding legislation needs to be passed before October 1 - the start of the 2020 federal fiscal year - or the government could shut down again.

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