House Democrats take aim at Trump's 2020 budget request

Trump plans to ask for another $8.6B to fund border wall: report

The dispute resulted in a 35-day government work stoppage in December and January.

"I would just say that the whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance", he said, adding that the United States should be "much tougher" and "have more constructive immigration policy", and that Trump is "going to stay with this wall".

Democrats were appalled by steep cuts Trump wants to make in many key domestic programs. The budget would slash Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, Medicare by $845 billion, Social Security by $25 billion, college education spending by $207 billion, and the food stamps program by $220 billion.

Trump on Monday called his plan a bold next step for a nation experiencing "an economic miracle".

Congressional Democrats attacked US social safety net changes proposed by President Donald Trump in his 2020 budget plan, with a senior lawmaker on Tuesday saying Trump's cutbacks in programs such as Medicaid and food aid were "intended to do harm".

Trump's budget - his own budget - projects debt held by the public will hit $22.8 trillion by 2025, more than 50 percent higher than the year he took office (debt held by the public was $14.7 trillion in 2017). Some economists, though, say the bump from the tax cuts is waning, and they project slower economic expansion in coming years.

The national debt now stands at a record high of $22 trillion and has risen by $2 trillion since President Trump has been in office.

Even with his own projections, Trump's budget would not come into balance for a decade and a half, rather than the traditional hope of balancing in 10. Money targeted for the wall "would be better spent on rebuilding America", they said.

Conservatives railed for years against deficits that rose during the first years of Obama's administration as tax revenue plummeted and spending increased during the Great Recession.

"Did President Trump acknowledge he was breaking a key campaign promise when he agreed to a budget that cuts Medicare?" demanded Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky.

Some fiscal watchdogs, though, panned the effort as more piling on of debt by Trump with no course correction in sight. She warned the debt load will lead to slower income growth and stalled opportunities for Americans. That extra percent of growth saves Trump more than $3 trillion, according to Riedl's calculations. The president and Congress will have to agree to a budget by October 1st or else risk another government shutdown.

It also seeks 8.6 billion dollars for constructing additional sections of a wall along the US border with Mexico - 5 billion dollars in funding for the Department of Homeland Security and 3.6 billion dollars for the Department of Defense's military construction funds. A senior administration official says these are the biggest proposed cuts made by any president in history.

"Something they gave, millionaires and billionaires excessive tax breaks, and who are they asking to pay for it?" said Biden, speaking at firefighters' conference in Washington, DC. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called it an "Alice in Wonderland document". Many budget experts, however, thought this was one of the few parts of Trump's plan that was worthy of some applause.

The budget proposal also includes $1.8 billion to upgrade the Federal Student Aid servicing system. Lawmakers have not agreed to any of the large-scale cuts to education spending that Trump has sought. It provides money to fight opioid addiction and $291 million to "defeat the HIV/AIDS epidemic".

"The President's budget request is a road map for how to make things worse for farmers, ranchers and those who live in rural communities: $26 billion in cuts to crop insurance; $9 billion in cuts to successful, voluntary conservation programs; $5 billion in cuts to Section 32 programs that help purchase commodities in times of need; $8 billion in cuts to programs that help ranchers recover grazing lands hurt by drought; yet another attempt to cut SNAP; elimination of the Rural Energy for America and Rural Economic Development programs and billions in other cuts".

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