President Trump plans to include a significant request for border wall funding in his budget, according to a new report.
The Associated Press reported that the White House budget that will be released next week will include the request, along with $750 billion in defense spending and cuts to non-defense discretionary spending by 5 percent that will keep the budget under strict statutory spending caps.
Trump had said in October that he would request $700 billion for defense, $16 billion less than his previous budget, and asked Cabinet members to cut their budgets by 5 percent. However, a showdown with congressional Democrats in December over more than $5 billion in appropriations for border security, including a wall, led to the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.
The president declared a national emergency over border security in February, which will allow him to divert $8 billion of previously appropriated money for the wall. Approximately $6 billion of that would come from military construction and the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program.
Trump reiterated the need for a wall in a tweet Saturday, saying Border Patrol has apprehended many immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.
“They won’t be coming into the U.S. The Wall is being built and will greatly help us in the future, and now!” he said.
Border Patrol and Law Enforcement has apprehended (captured) large numbers of illegal immigrants at the Border. They won’t be coming into the U.S. The Wall is being built and will greatly help us in the future, and now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2019
The president’s 2020 spending request, which is expected to be unveiled next week, is aimed at balancing the federal budget in 15 years. All appropriations are approved by Congress.
Author: Allison Elyse Gualtieri
Source: Washingtonexaminer: Trump’s budget will include $750B for defense, money for border wall