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Pelosi, Schumer threaten government shutdown again

Pelosi, Schumer threaten government shutdown again

The budget document includes economic projections for the next decade, and the administration forecasts continued strong expansion. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would not cut Medicare or Social Security, the retirement program for the elderly, but his budget a year ago also included a proposed cut of more than $550 billion to the program.

The White House on Monday unveiled a $4.7 trillion government spending plan for 2020, a request that includes President Donald Trump's call for another $8.6 billion for his signature project, construction of a wall on the U.S. Reportedly, that's a 5% reduction in nondefense discretionary spending amounting to $2.7 trillion. Kudlow says Trump's budget "points a steady glide path" toward lower federal spending and federal borrowing as a share of the nation's economy.

The plan would aim balance the budget by 2034, the official said.

The budget request would cut Education Department funding by 10 percent while expanding money for school choice, school safety and apprenticeship programs. "So Trump would sacrifice pretty much everything else, including "$1.1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, over $500 billion from food, housing, and student loan programs, and over $200 billion from federal retirements programs and the U.S. Postal Service", for his wall and his military toys.

The White House is also requesting $3.6 billion to pay back the money the administration plans to redirect under the president's national emergency declaration. Despite a record $3.6 trillion in revenue, this budget would result in a trillion-dollar deficit. "We hope he learned his lesson".

Trump's request for border wall funding presages a new fight with lawmakers over the issue in the coming months during the third year of the Trump presidency.

Trump harmed millions when he "recklessly" shut down the government in pursuit of funds to build an expensive border wall, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in a joint statement. We need a budget that works for all Americans, not just Trump and his billionaire friends.




Even if the president's emergency declaration survives this congressional challenge, Trump faces significant opposition in the courtroom. The administration proposed steep cuts in aid to Latin America and the Caribbean in its very first budget - ranging from 20 to 40 per cent for most countries - but Congress rejected the plan, keeping funding relatively stable compared to previous years.

While pushing down spending in some areas, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposal will seek to increase funding in others to align with the president's priorities, according to one official.

(Washington Examiner) President Trump's pursuit of additional border wall funding in his fiscal 2020 budget proposal will only lead to another government shutdown, warned Democratic leaders on Sunday. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again.

Larry Kudlow, a top economic adviser to Mr. Trump, said Sunday that the wall and border security issue are "of paramount importance".

Kudlow predicted that US economic growth can continue at 3 percent in 2019 and beyond, even as many private economists look for a slowdown this year as the impact of the 2017 Republican tax cuts wears off.

He stressed the final version of the deal will go to President Trump who will decide whether it's good enough for the USA, and said he expects the upcoming trade deal to be "positive and bullish".

The White House included a similar concept in the previous year's budget proposal, but rejected a similar scheme in MA, arguing it was illegal for the state to accept rebate payments from drugmakers without covering all available treatments. He also said that Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government repeatedly has refused to finance the project.

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