The president unveiled his 2020 budget on Monday, which included requests for funding to expand US immigration enforcement initiatives, including: $8.6 billion for the construction of the USA leader's long-promised border wall between the US and Mexico; $2.7 billion to expand the immigration detention system; and $506 million for new hires within the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. But fresh off the longest government shutdown in history - and delayed by a month because of it - Trump's 2020 budget shows he is eager to confront Congress again.
If this sounds familiar, it is because it is roughly the same plan the administration released in February 2018, which promised $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments kickstarted by $200 billion in new federal spending. In the past, Trump asked for wall money from a single funding source: the Department of Homeland Security. Democrats in Congress, however, are attempting to block the declaration and the reallocation of funds.
Titled "A Budget for a Better America" and claiming "Promises kept".
Trump's budget increases Defense spending to $750 billion, but it reduces domestic spending by $30 billion.
While proposing this bonanza for the Pentagon, the Trump budget would impose the biggest cuts in Medicaid and Medicare in history, almost $2 trillion over 10 years. Proposed cuts include economic safety-net programs used by millions of Americans.
The budget blueprint, which forecasts annual deficits extending beyond the next decade and rising national debt, represents a wish list for the president's priorities that is certain to be ignored by Congress. The administration is counting on robust economic growth, including from the 2017 Republican tax cuts, to push down the red ink. Some economists say the economic bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower growth in coming years.
The lackadaisical pace following Trump's February 15 declaration is proof that this is not an actual emergency, never mind the number of years it will take to build a wall once the funding source is identified, said Elizabeth Goitein, an expert on national emergency declarations at the Brennen Center for Justice.
They all predicted that the USA economy would experience a short-term burst of growth from Trump's fiscal stimulus in 2018, and possibly for a year or so after.
The White House proposal on military pay matches the 3.1 percent increase indicated in the U.S. Employment Cost Index (ECI) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that serves by statute as the major guideline for military pay. How does the president justify a lower figure?
But Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group says it would work to appease Trump's political base and boost the fossil fuel and chemical industries.
"The president has also put forward cuts to Medicare, which provides health care services to more than 280,000 Granite Staters".
With Democrats in charge of the House, Trump's grand plan has no chance of being enacted. And few Republican lawmakers want to be dragged into another health care fight.
Even on border security, the Democrats are in full support of further massive spending increases to deploy more technology and hire more Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement thugs to persecute immigrants, so long as it isn't labeled as money for Trump's wall.
The request would support implementation of a law Trump signed past year to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the troubled VA system, a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving care by steering more patients to the private sector.
Trump's budget request calls for spending $30 million on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program meant to remove toxic pollution, fight invasive species and deal with other longstanding environmental problems in the eight-state region. That's a 90 percent cut from the $300 million the program has gotten in most years since it began in 2010. Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee that they should eliminate the Budget Control Act of 2011, stating that Congress had "sidelined itself from its active constitutional oversight role" by not funding American defense properly.