Why presidential budget requests are usually dead on arrival, explained

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President Donald Trump's 2020 budget seeks a return to what the administration calls "fiscal sanity", cutting spending while focusing federal funding on defense and the U.S. -Mexico border.

Two administration officials on Sunday confirmed that the request was part of Trump's spending blueprint for the 2020 budget year that begins October 1. A number of Senate Republicans have said they oppose Trump's unilateral move to move money without congressional approval and they are expected to pass a disapproval vote in the coming days.

The media deride the tax cuts for that shift in time frame, but the reality is that Trump campaigned on not touching two of the Big Three major entitlements - Social Security and Medicare - and those programs are the primary drivers of deficit spending and national debt.

Vought said in a statement Sunday night that the document will outline the administration's key funding priorities.

His top advisers have not provided information to back up many of those assertions, but Kudlow said Sunday that Trump planned to keep fighting.

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Leading Democrats rejected the proposal before it was formally released.

The Trump administration reportedly will ask Congress for an extra $8.6 billion to help pay for the wall, even after the president declared a national emergency to reallocate funds from other areas for wall construction.

In a joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer charged that 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". They said the money "would be better spent on rebuilding America".

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Trump signed that budget deal, but the White House is signaling that it will not look favorably on a similar dollar-for-dollar increase this year.

He led a government shutdown in December that lasted for 35 days because Congress would not appropriate $5.7 billion to build sections of his long-promised wall.

The budget arrived as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump's national emergency declaration. The proposal shows Trump is eager to renew his confrontation with Congress over the wall, a centerpiece of his agenda that congressional Democrats have staunchly resisted.

That would provide a majority for overturning the declaration, and Mr Trump would then be expected to veto the bill, his first use of presidential veto power. Mexico is still not paying for it. A few weeks later, Congress agreed to fund $1.375 billion to finance 55 miles of barrier on the border in Texas. Lawmakers have previously rebuffed Trump's calls to cut funding for federal environmental and transportation programs - just as they ignored many of President Barack Obama's spending priorities.

Vought claimed in advance of the release that the budget "embodies fiscal responsibility, and takes aim at Washington's waste, fraud, and abuse" by shaving $2.7 trillion, or five percent, off the previous fiscal year's nondefense, discretionary spending.

The budget includes work requirements for those receiving food stamps and other government aid as part of the $2.7 trillion in non-defence cuts over the decade.

The plan sticks to budget caps that both parties have routinely broken in recent years.

By refusing to raise the budget caps, Trump is signalling a fight ahead. If Congress and the White House fail to agree to lift mandatory spending caps set in a 2011 law, steep automatic cuts in many programs would kick in. It would also increase military spending by 5 per cent to $USD750 billion, up from $USD716 billion.

The administration proposes to put $80 billion toward healthcare for vets - which is roughly a 10 percent increase from the current fiscal year - for 'veteran rehabilitation services, education and employment assistance, and suicide prevention'.

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