Budget showdown looms over Trump's expected request for border wall funding

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow revealed on March 10 that President Donald Trump is proposing a roughly "5 percent across the board" cut in domestic spending as part of his 2020 budget, and, at the same time, will ask Congress for an additional $8.6 billion for the U.S. -Mexico border wall. Others have predicted lower growth.

Democrats, who oppose the wall as unnecessary and immoral, control the U.S. House of Representatives, making it unlikely the Republican president's request will win congressional passage.

Announcement of the new budget proposal comes shortly after the federal government ended a historic 35-day partial shutdown over wall funding.

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.

Trump's budget request shows he plans to keep the border wall issue alive as the 2020 presidential campaign heats up.

The wall with Mexico punctuated Trump's campaign for the White House, and it's expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort.

Congress must approve funding for fiscal year 2020 by October 1.

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The budget proposal "gives the president the ability to say he has fulfilled his commitment to gain operational control of the southwest border", an administration official told Reuters. Federal officials have said only about 111 miles have been built so far or are now under construction.

"We have provided the course of action, the strategy and the request to finish the job". Around the same time, Trump and lawmakers must agree to lift the debt ceiling, or risk a default, which would have chaotic economic fallout. "It's a question of will Congress allow us to finish the job", a second official said. Only 111 miles have been built.

As part of a broader spending package, Trump will seek $5 billion in additional funds for the Department of Homeland Security and another $3.6 billion in military construction funds. The budget plan also sets aside $3.6 million in military construction funding as payback for any projects delayed by creation of the wall.

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.

Trump's budget proposal looks to hire more almost 3,000 law enforcement personnel for the agencies involved in border security and construction and about 100 immigration judge teams.

Several Republican senators took issue with how the president made his move, arguing Trump violated the line that separated the powers of the executive and legislative branches when he declared a national emergency.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) also said Trump's budget is dead on arrival, explaining the Democratic-held House along with a Senate that loves to fund military projects will never buy it.