Presisdent Trump will seek a total of $8.6 billion for border wall funding from Congress as part of the White House’s upcoming budget proposal for the next fiscal year, sources tell Fox News, although the move faces all-but-certain rejection in Congress.
Sources say President Trump is getting ready to request another 8.6 billion dollars to help complete the 722 miles of border wall. Currently, Trump has completed 122 miles. He has 8.1 billion to complete half of the total miles. Although this proposal will most likely be rejected by Congress it will be apart of the upcoming budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020.
Trump’s national emergency is still being questioned by many Democrats. They are saying this is a manufactured emergency. However, statistics tell a different story.
The New York Times, citing government statistics, reported last week that the number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has hit an 11-year high, causing major humanitarian concerns.
“The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan told reporters last week.
President Trump has also requested that spending is cut 5% across the board.
The news of the $8.6 billion request comes as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow revealed Sunday that Trump, at the same time, wants a 5 percent cut “across the board” on all domestic spending as part of his proposed 2020 budget.
“It will be a tough budget,” Kudlow said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.“We’re going to do our own caps this year and I think it’s long overdue.”
Kudlow asked whether there would be pushback in Congress, predicted a rough road ahead.
“I suppose there will be,” Kudlow told anchor Chris Wallace. “I would just say that the whole issue of the wall, of border security, is of paramount importance. We have a crisis down there. I think the president has made that case very effectively.”
With Congress facing budget cuts and Trump asking for more money for the wall, it is sure to cause a showdown in Congress.