Published: Mon, March 11, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Trump To Request An Additional $8.6 Billion To Complete Border Wall

Trump To Request An Additional $8.6 Billion To Complete Border Wall

The budget will request $5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and another $3.6 billion for the Defense Department's military construction budget to build more sections of wall along the US southern border, The Washington Post reported.

The president accepted that funding in February but also declared a national emergency that ultimately gave him a total of $8 billion in funding. We have a crisis down there.

"Sorry, you're elected to deal, you've got to deal", said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) "They're going to all have to compromise ..."

The House recently passed a resolution disapproving of the president's emergency declaration, which would affect the military construction money, though the resolution is unlikely to survive a presidential veto if the Senate follows suit. "So, yes, he's going to stay with his wall, and he's going to stay with the border security and I think it's essential", Kudlow said.

The administration recently outlined roughly $8.1 billion in other immediate funding for the wall, which includes almost $1.4 billion in a recent spending bill, as well as $600 million from asset forfeitures, $2.5 billion from Defense Department counter-narcotics funds, and $3.6 billion from military construction money.

The White House is proposing a 5% cut across federal agencies, except for defense spending, as part of its budget plan for fiscal year 2020, which begins on October 1. The budget proposal will also include another $3.6m to make up for any military construction projects delayed by the wall, officials said.

The president's demand for funds for his barrier comes on the heels of a five-week partial government shutdown, the longest in American history, where Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi battled over border money.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump's budget "points a steady glide path" toward lower spending and borrowing as a share of the nation's economy. I think the president has made that case very effectively, ' he said.

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

Democrats, who oppose the wall as unnecessary and immoral, control the House of Representatives.

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.

For fiscal 2019, Trump demanded $5.7 billion in wall funds, but Congress appropriated only $1.375 billion for border fencing projects.

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. Many lawmakers accused Trump of overstepping his constitutional powers by declaring an emergency to free up the funds.

Although the president's budget request lands on Monday, there is still time to negotiate.

The proposed cuts come just as Congress will need to decide - yet again this year - whether to lift spending caps put into place by law in 2011.

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