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

The US government is preparing for full-scale war overseas and savage attacks on the living standards and social benefits of working people at home. "No president has done more in two years to strengthen our military, restart our economy and reform our government - promises he made while running for office".

The blueprint for Trump's vision for the government and the country seeks a boost in defense spending, which could boost operations in Huntsville.

Trump's number crunchers might not have been able to find it in their hearts to whittle away at military spending.

Trump's 2020 budget provides the hike, notably to finance building his controversial border wall.

"Secretary DeVos is proposing gutting investments in students, teachers, public schools, and even school safety-all to make ro for her extreme privatization proposal that no one asked for".

By comparison, proposed funding for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) amounts to Dollars 42.8 billion, a decrease from the Dollars 55.8 billion granted by Congress the previous year. Now, President Trump is pressuring Congress to cut costs. OCO is not subject to BCA spending caps, and is being used as a loophole to increase the defense topline.

Similarly, Trump's proposals to eviscerate DOE research programs only served to underscore their popularity on Capitol Hill.

Two recent statistics underscore the change. This vast sum could even be used to finance the initial stages of a war with China or Russian Federation, if such a conflict did not immediately escalate into a world-destroying nuclear holocaust.

The Pentagon, which had previously been anticipating $733 billion in funding, was thrown into uproar previous year when Trump suggested in a Cabinet meeting that he planned to clip his military budget ask down to $700 billion in the interest of tightening federal spending. About $718 billion would go to the Defense Department. Reports from administration sources indicate that the president's budget includes $8.6 billion to fund construction of a border wall, in addition to $3.6 billion to repay military construction funds he has attempted to seize to construct a wall. The portion devoted to "hurricane recovery" is for past and future damage to U.S. military facilities and the cost of deploying U.S. military resources during and after a storm, not for civilian needs.

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The request would more than double the $8.1 billion already available to the president after he declared a national emergency at the border in order to circumvent Congress after lawmakers refused his funding demands.

Spending bills must originate in the House, so the President's budget proposal will face stiff opposition in the Democratic-controlled chamber. The budget proposal also guts Medicaid by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, impacting children, seniors in nursing homes, disabled Americans, HIV patients, and those with substance use disorders. "How is that going to help the people in this room or most of the people you live with".

But it also added an estimated $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. "Taxpayers First", calls for reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over 10 years and includes provisions related to drug pricing and many other health-related issues.

On the Medicaid front, the Trump administration's proposed budget calls for a almost $1.5 trillion Medicaid cut over 10 years, partially counterbalanced by about $1.2 trillion in added spending for a "Market-Based Health Care Grant Program".

To be sure, Mr. Trump's budget is a proposal and a wish list, with Bloomberg News reporting that Congress is likely to snub it.

Yet Mr. Trump's across-the-board approach to work requirements will not be greeted warmly by House Democrats who have staunchly opposed his decision to let states impose work requirements on Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor. In fact, the Democrats have generally attacked Trump from the right on foreign policy, demanding a more aggressive stance toward Russian Federation in Syria and Eastern Europe, against North Korea, and in opposition to China, particularly on trade.

The budget roadmap would increase defense spending by almost 5 percent to 750 billion dollars from 716 billion dollars in fiscal year 2019.

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

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