Trump to ask Congress for initial $4 billion for border wall

Trevor Jackson
March 17, 2017

The Trump Administration is reportedly considering making significant cuts to the budgets of the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

We're going to save so much money from crime, from so numerous problems that led to poverty, and Mexico will have a chance to surge and be one of the top 10 economies in the [world] that it hasn't ever been, but has always had the potential to be.

Ahead of unveiling the budget, the Trump administration has proposed kick-starting President Donald Trump's signature campaign initiative of the construction of a wall on the border of Mexico and the United States with $4.1 billion in spending through 2018, an official said Wednesday.

Combined, the implication of the data challenges the narrative pushed by President Donald Trump that the US has an illegal immigration problem - and that the problem is directly attributable to Mexicans crossing the border into the U.S.

President Trump's sweeping budget cuts would free billions of dollars that he proposes to spend on building a border wall and increasing deportations, two of his signature campaign pledges.

That strategy - fund now, figure out the rest later - has raised some eyebrows across party lines in Congress. Democrats have threatened to take the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, if necessary, to block wall funding. Congress needs to pass the appropriations bills by April 28 to keep the government open. Trump is also expected to ask Congress to authorize additional money for the wall as part of a separate spending package for border security and military readiness.

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In total, the project is estimated to cost anywhere between $8 billion and $22 billion, according to Reuters. Trump wants to increase the agency's budget by $2.8 billion, or 6.8%, over the current year.

Plus, Mulvaney weighed in on President Trump working with Democrats on new infrastructure programs across the nation as well as funding for social programs such as Meals on Wheels.

He later added that such negotiations are a "challenge" for Democrats because "we don't want to shut down the government".

Earlier this week, key Democratic forces warned Republicans against including anything pertaining to Trump's wall in the federal budget. "And yet we've seen massive cuts apparently to pay for a wall that the Mexican government simply is not gonna pay for".

The White House created uncertainty that same day as it raised the prospect of taxing imports differently as a technical way of securing payment from Mexico, but the administration later stressed that position was not final. "Not "the fence" - defense", said McCain.

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