Pres. Trump budget calls for return to 'fiscal sanity'

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"I don't think good growth policies have to obsess, necessarily, about the budget deficit", Kudlow said. At least four members of Trump's party have said they plan - despite pressure from Republican leaders and the White House - to join Democrats in opposing the declaration.

Representative Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said the request was "not even worth the paper it's written on".

Congress' top Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer, predict that Trump's latest demand for border wall money will result in another defeat for the president. In addition to the September 30, 2019 deadline to reach a spending agreement, lawmakers believe they will also need to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling around that time. "The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", the statement continued. "We hope he learned his lesson", Schumer and Pelosi said in the statement.

The White House request represents the first marker in what's certain to be another protracted battle between the Trump administration and congressional negotiators - particularly Democrats who hold the majority in the House.

President Donald Trump will try a third time to get the funding needed to build his signature anti-illegal immigration measure, a complete wall across the United States' southern border. He finally agreed to reopen the government when lawmakers provided him $1.375 billion for new border construction, and he then announced his plans for the national emergency.

Missing from the budget blueprint is a path to reduce the nations crippling, record $22 trillion debt and the federal budget deficit, which was up 77 percent in January from a year previous.

But he said Mr Trump "is going to stay with his wall".

Lawmakers are nearly certain to ignore numerous Trump administration's proposals.

The Senate, narrowly controlled by Republicans, is to vote on the same resolution this week. We need a budget that works for all Americans, not just Trump and his billionaire friends.

Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, a House rep since 1981, said the budget reflected the administration's "separation from reality". Without an increase in the limit, the US government would risk a default, which would shock the world economy.

The new border wall request is coming on top of the money Trump already could have access to after declaring a national emergency last month, although there's no guarantee he'll be able to use that money if he faces a legal challenge, as is expected.

He declared the emergency after Congress approved only $1.375 billion for construction of 55 miles (90 kilometers) of barriers along the border in Texas.

The wall with Mexico punctuated Trump's campaign for the White House, and it is expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort. He also said Mexico would pay for it, though the Mexican government has repeatedly refused to finance the project.

"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 White House doesn't forecast a balanced budget at any point during Trump's presidency, even with rosy projections for economic growth.

Medicaid is a health-care program for low-income and disabled Americans, run jointly by states and the federal government.

The proposal also cuts down on 29 programs that are either ineffective, not addressing national needs or could be better supported at the state or local levels, according to the Education Department. If Congress and the White House fail to agree to lift mandatory spending caps set in a 2011 law, steep automatic cuts in many programs would kick in.

The Department of Homeland Security is one of a few priority areas to get a boost in Trump's budget plan, which seeks to slash funding to many non-defence programs.

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