Sen. Mark Warner responds to Trump budget proposal

April FrancisMar 13, 2019

House Budget Committee Chairman John A. Yarmuth, Kentucky Republican, said the administration is starting off on the wrong foot for the forthcoming budget and spending negotiations with the proposal it rolled out Monday.

Trump also wants to redirect $5 billion from the Department of Homeland Security's budget, bringing the total amount devoted to his wall to $8.6 billion, or more than $12 billion if the requested 2019 funding reimbursement is included.

That's according to the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russ Vought, who says the budget will be released Monday.

Reuters first reported the administration's planned request, citing officials familiar with the matter. The president insists the wall is needed to address the "crisis" at the southern border.

"We are the only major OECD economy that is significantly adding debt right now in good economic times", said Riedl.

Our Verdict: Budget differences could set up the next battle between Dems and Trump.

Trump re-opens plans for repealing "Obamacare", imposing work requirements for those receiving government aid and slashing the Environmental Protection Agency by about a third - all ideas Congress has rejected in the past.

"The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again", they said in a joint statement. "We hope he learned his lesson", they said. The White House budget office explains the president's budget includes spending cuts valued at $2.7 trillion.

It seeks to cut $220 billion from food stamps over the course of a decade, once again promoting the Trump administration's widely panned harvest box proposal, which would take billions in SNAP benefits that are spent in grocery stores and divert the money to supplying low-income people with boxes of wholesale staple foods.

That previous request led to an impasse that resulted in a 35-day partial shutdown of the United States government, the longest ever. Eventually, Trump relented and reopened the government.

'Self-legitimisation': North Koreans vote for new parliament
However, the source said Pyongyang appeared to want to make clear it retained the capability to resume launches at any moment. With North Korea still under economic sanctions, "the leverage is on our side right now, and not on North Korea's".

Trump's budget seeks an additional $8.6 billion to build his long-promised wall along the USA border with Mexico, which upset Democrats including Rep. Tim Ryan of the Niles area.

The House voted February 26 to block the emergency declaration, and enough Republicans have said they'll also vote against it for it to pass in the Senate. Frankly, that's all a president's budget does - Congress routinely says, "Yeah, thanks", and then promptly ignores every president's budget.

Needless to say, these proposals will be dead on arrival in the House too.

The budget also includes steep cuts for some major departments, including a $2.8 billion decrease - or 31 percent - in funding for the EPA and an approximately $13 billion cut, or 23 percent, for the State Department and other global programs. Although less attention has been given to deficits in recent years, shortfalls of this size will place increased strain on future outlays. Trump took that step after Congress approved almost $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted.

But White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that Trump has justified his call for the wall's construction, even though polls show a majority of voters oppose it.

"Instead of building a stronger, healthier nation, President Trump's budget would take away Americans' health care and devastate the pillars of economic security for seniors and families".

President Donald Trump's top economist is brushing off concerns about rising budget deficits and slowing economic growth in advance of the release of the president's 2020 budget. Instead, he has insisted the money come from USA taxpayers, arguing that criminals, terrorists, and drugs are flooding into the United States from across the southern border. Don't believe it. A better indicator is that Trump's campaign promise to pay off the entire national debt in eight years has long since been forgotten. "I think it's essential". The administration also proposes spending $26 billion less on Social Security programs, including a $10 billion cut to the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Overall, USDA's budget would be cut 15%.

The budget would call for severe reductions at a number of federal agencies.

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. The Democratic-led House already did so, and Trump's Republican allies in the Senate, uneasy over his move, are expected to follow suit.

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