President Trump is gearing up for another fight with Congress over border wall funding.
This fight has bigger stakes than his previous tussle with Congress as Trump is now asking for $8.6 billion for the construction of the border wall, ABC News reports.
“President Donald Trump will request an additional $8.6 billion in border wall funding as part of his administration’s 2020 budget proposal, according to a senior administration official, potentially setting the stage for another government shutdown,” ABC News reports.
And, “The White House is expected to propose taking $5 billion from Customs and Border Patrol and $3.6 billion from Department of Defense military projects.”
According to the report, Democrats say the request is dead on arrival.
“In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threatened a repeat of the government shutdown that ended in January,” ABC News reports.
The statement read: “President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico. Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson.”
“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,” Schumer and Pelosi continued, as ABC News reports.
In the most recent funding bout with Congress, Trump asked for $5.7 billion to go towards the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Congressional Republicans were unable to deliver and sat on the sidelines as Democrat members held the vote in limbo. This resulted in the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.
As some federal workers were forced to continue working without pay, Trump ceded the fight and ordered Congress to pass any bill they wanted to lift the federal shutdown. The bill included less than $2 billion for border wall spending.
Trump signed the funding bill into law, ending the shutdown, and declared a national emergency at the border to acquire Department of Defense funds to construct the wall.
According to Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow, the immigration crisis at the southern border is “of paramount importance.”
“I would just say that the whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance,” Kudlow told Fox News Sunday, ABC News reports. “We have a crisis down there. I think the president has made that case very effectively.”
“It’s a crisis of economics. It’s a crisis of crime and drugs. It’s a crisis of humanity. We have to be much tougher and have more constructive immigration policy, which we will be developing over a period of time. So, yes, he’s going to stay with his wall, and he’s going to stay with the border security and I think it’s essential,” Kudlow concluded.