Trump to Seek $8.6 Billion for Wall, Set Up New Budget Fight

As budget deficit balloons few in Washington seem to care

In a new spin on what has become a consistent ploy, the U.S. 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.

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 once lawmakers refused his funding demands. We have a crisis down there.

Responding to the deficit, Kudlow said that good growth policies don't necessarily have to "obsess" over it.

The House voted February 26 to terminate Trump's declaration of a national emergency and the US Senate is expected to follow suit this week.

"I would just say that the whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance", Mr. Kudlow said.

The demand for wall funding is more than six times what Congress allocated for such projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6% more than Trump has corralled by invoking controversial emergency powers. The plan sticks to budget caps that both parties have routinely broken in recent years and promises to come into balance in 15 years, relying in part on economic growth that may be uncertain.

"This one is frankly less realistic than most presidential budgets", explained Cole, while accusing Trump of using a "gimmick" to avoid budget limits by trying to stash $174 billion of $750 billion in defense funding away so that it doesn't count toward the budget restraints, saying, "That's fine, but Congress isn't going to accept that". That standoff led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in USA history. "I think the president has made that case very effectively".

"He's going to stay with his wall, and he's going to stay with the border security theme", Kudlow said on Fox News Sunday.

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Instead of building a wall, Pelosi and Schumer suggested Trump begin "rebuilding America".

Trump's wall request is based off a 2017 plan put forward by Customs and Border Protection officials to build or replace 722 miles (1,162 km) of barrier along the border, which in total is estimated to cost about $18 billion. 'I think it's essential'.

But the Democratic-controlled House approved a resolution blocking the declaration.

The final compromise bill offered $1.37 billion in funds to existing forms of border barrier and did not fully fund the president's wall request.

The GOP-majority Senate will vote on the measure this week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that there aren't enough votes to defeat it.

Budget proposals are merely a starting point in negotiations, but Democrats immediately rejected the border request.

Funding legislation needs to be passed before October 1 - the start of the 2020 federal fiscal year - or the government could shut down again. Many lawmakers accused Trump of overstepping his constitutional powers by declaring an emergency to free up the funds.

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