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Trump invites a new fight with Democrats over 2020 budget

Trump invites a new fight with Democrats over 2020 budget

President Donald Trump will seek $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the U.S. -Mexico border wall, two administration officials said Sunday, setting up another showdown with Congress, which has resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise. Others have predicted lower growth.

Asked on Fox News Sunday about the new funding request and if there would be another budget fight over Trump's wall, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, "I suppose there will be".

The budget will request $5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security and another $3.6 billion for the Defense Department's military construction budget to build more sections of wall along the US southern border, The Washington Post reported.

The wall with Mexico punctuated Trump's campaign for the White House, and it's expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort.

"It gives the president the ability to say he has fulfilled his commitment to gain operational control of the southwest border", an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of the budget request.

Funding legislation needs to be passed before October 1 - the start of the 2020 federal fiscal year - or the government could shut down again.

"We have provided the course of action, the strategy and the request to finish the job".

"At a time when our country faces challenges about jobs for the future, this money would better be spent on rebuilding America, and on education and workforce development for jobs for the 21st Century", the statement continued.

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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.

So far, only 111 miles of barrier have either been built or are underway.

Trump wanted $5.7 billion but Congress appropriated only $1.375 billion.

The $8.6bn in proposed wall funding for fiscal 2020 would include $5bn from the Department of Homeland Security and $3.6bn from military construction.

"This one is frankly less realistic than most presidential budgets", explained Cole, while accusing Trump of using a "gimmick" to avoid budget limits by trying to stash $174 billion of $750 billion in defense funding away so that it doesn't count toward the budget restraints, saying, "That's fine, but Congress isn't going to accept that".

The House recently passed a resolution disapproving of the president's emergency declaration, which would affect the military construction money, though the resolution is unlikely to survive a presidential veto if the Senate follows suit.

Trump's budget proposal looks to hire more almost 3,000 law enforcement personnel for the agencies involved in border security and construction and about 100 immigration judge teams.

The Trump administration is headed for a budget clash with Congress, with calls for deep domestic spending cuts that lawmakers are likely to ignore as the nation's debt reaches record levels.