President Trump kicked off a new battle with Congress on Monday by releasing his fiscal 2020 budget plan seeking billions more in funding for a border wall and controversial work requirements for Americans collecting a variety of welfare benefits.
In the new budget plan, President Trump is seeking 8.6 billion dollars to complete the wall and new work requirements for Americans collecting different welfare benefits.
Meanwhile, the budget aims to implement new welfare requirements — namely, that Americans 18-65 years old work at least 20 hours a week in a job, a job training program or a community service program to secure a range of benefits and aid.
According to the administration, the work requirement would apply to federal programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and federal housing, but would come with a hardship exemption.
Last year Trumps administration introduced work requirements for Medicare recipients. This will take the requirements to the federal level.
The 2020 budget proposal was supposed to be proposed on Feb. 4th but the government was shut down because Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on money for the border wall. Once again, President Trump is asking for more money for the wall. Both the wall and working for welfare are very controversial issues for Congress.