President Trump will set out a budget today to slash domestic spending while finding billions of new dollars for the wall he wants along the Mexican border. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, his 2020 plan shows he is eager to confront Congress again over the wall.
The border wall remains a signature issue for the president, even though Congress refuses to give him more money for it.
The government shutdown for 35 days beginning in December after Congress and the White House deadlocked on funding for the wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to push back against any attempt to force the border wall through Congress a second time.
"The Trump Administration's budget fails the Great Lakes and the communities which depend on them for their drinking water, public health, jobs, and quality of life", said a statement from Lord. Leading Democrats immediately rejected the plan, signaling another bruising fight just weeks after a standoff that led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in US history.
The proposal calls for "a new missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, with 20 silos and 20 additional Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) in support of the administration's plans to increase the number of deployed GBIs to 64, to protect the homeland against North Korean and other intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats", the announcement said.
Acting administration budget chief Russell Vought will defend Trump's plan before the House Budget Committee on Tuesday.
The move is sure to spark another debate amongst Democrats and Republicans. "Instead of investing in OH communities so they can grow and create jobs, President Trump is asking Ohioans to pay for tax cuts for millionaires by gutting Great Lakes programs and eliminating economic development efforts". Who gets more money: The military or everything else? Perhaps stung by accusations of having abandoned his campaign promises on national debt, Trump has outlined significant cuts to federal spending outside of national-security areas.
"Border Patrol and Law Enforcement has apprehended (captured) large numbers of illegal immigrants at the Border", tweeted Trump.
"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", they said in a joint statement on Sunday.
Seoul Closely Monitoring North Korea for ‘Missile Launch’
I'll just put it this way - spends a lot of resources and efforts so we don't have to rely on commercial satellite imagery. Trump said Kim promised he would carry out no more missile or nuclear testing, adding, "I take him at his word".
He declared the emergency after lawmakers refused his request for $5.7bn, allocating $1.3bn for border barriers instead.
The concept, as laid out in Monday's budget proposal, would limit spending on prescription drugs for seniors with Medicare coverage, providing financial certainty to both patients and drug manufacturers while leaving the government to pick up the tab for anything seniors spend on drugs past a certain threshold.
The fiscal 2020 proposal sees the deficit expanding to $1.1 trillion for 2019 and 2020, when Trump will run for re-election.
His demand comes as part of a broader proposal to cut US$2.7 trillion in spending on welfare assistance, environmental protection and foreign aid, while boosting the military's budget.
Trump's defense plan reiterates his national security strategy's aims of achieving "peace through strength" and restoring America's competitive advantage by investing in capabilities such as space, artificial intelligence, and hypersonics. To stay within the caps, it shifts a portion of the military spending, some $165 billion, to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.
Revenue would total $3.6 trillion in the coming year, while spending would total $4.7 trillion, resulting in a deficit of $1.1 trillion.
By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signalling a fight ahead.
The US president will reportedly ask Congress for the extra money when he unveils his 2020 federal budget blueprint.
The increasingly ambitious cuts to Medicare in the White House budget reflect the administration's narrowing budget math, as the federal deficit has continued to balloon under its watch.
"President Trump's budget takes steps in the right direction, but there is still much work to do", said Steve Womack, a Republican from Arkansas who sits on the House Budget Committee.
The administration will invest more than $80 billion for veterans services, a almost 10 per cent increase from current levels, including "significant" investments in rehabilitation, employment assistance and suicide prevention. It would also increase resources to fight the opioid epidemic with money for prevention, treatment, research and recovery, the administration said.