Trump wants spending cuts and $8.6bn for his border wall

Trump to seek another US$8.6b for border wall

Trump Plan Postpones Balanced Budget Despite Deep Spending Cuts

Trump's spending plan also requires colleges and universities "to share a portion of the financial responsibility associated with federal student loans"; allocates $80 billion for veterans - a 10 percent boost from fiscal 2019; and provides investments "in the capabilities and domains critical to future conflicts", including space, artificial intelligence, and hypersonics.

The officials were not authorized to discuss budget details publicly before Monday's release of the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Budget proposals are merely a starting point, but leading Democrats immediately rejected the president's border request.

"I suppose there will be", he said. We have a crisis down there. "I think the president has made that case very effectively". They said lawmakers were prepared to block his demand this time as well. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", the leaders continued. "It's a question of will Congress allow us to finish the job", a second official said.

Trump's budget would propose $2.7 trillion in spending cuts over a decade - but even that would not be enough to balance the budget. At the same time, Trump will seek to dramatically boost the military's budget from $716 billion to $750 billion next year.

The president is expected to roll out his 2020 budget proposal Monday, which will include billions more than his previous demand for wall funding. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history. 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.

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.

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

Western Alberta unemployment rate increases to 5.1 per cent
The jobless rate, meanwhile, stayed flat at 5.8 per cent despite the job surge because more people were looking for work, too. Job creation in Canada once again blew past expectations with 56,000 positions added in February - majority were full-time.

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow touts major progress in the ongoing trade talks with China. Trump took that step after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted.

White House officials say there are already 122 miles of barriers that have been completed or are under construction. It would pay for hundreds of miles of new barriers along the border.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump rallies frequently featured his supporters screaming "build the wall". He also said Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government has repeatedly refused to finance the project.

Workers and USA border patrol officers stand next to an excavator working in a section of the new wall between El Paso, Texas, in the United States and Ciudad Juarez as seen from the Mexican side of the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 5, 2019.

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.

Trump said he's "stopping an invasion" of the Twitter comments Saturday directed at conservative commentator Ann Coulter, whose criticism reportedly helped inspire his decision to hunker down for a record-long shutdown.

'He's going to stay with his wall, and he's going to stay with the border security theme, ' Kudlow noted of the president. "So I don't think that's a burden on the economy". They said the money "would be better spent on rebuilding America".

The White House request, reported earlier by Reuters, represents the first marker in what's certain to be another protracted battle between the Trump administration and congressional negotiators - particularly Democrats who hold the majority in the House. The budget also proposes policy changes to end sanctuary cities, the administration said. It will propose a 12 percent cut at the Education Department, a 12 percent cut at the Department of Health and Human Services, an 11 percent cut at the Interior Department, a 23 percent cut at the State Department, a 32 percent cut at the Environmental Protection Agency and a 22 percent cut at the Transportation Department, according to the summary. The programs are popular with older voters.

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