Friday, 28 April, 2017

Trump budget goes big on border wall, short on agents

A pile of clothes sits on the banks of the Rio Grande river on the US  Mexico border in Laredo Texas AFP Getty Images A pile of clothes sits on the banks of the Rio Grande river on the US Mexico border in Laredo Texas
Saul Franklin | 17 March, 2017, 01:33

Building a wall - and having Mexico pay for it - was a regularly repeated campaign pledge of Trump's.

In the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 52-48 advantage over the Democratic Caucus and funding bills need to clear 60-vote procedural thresholds to pass, there is little eagerness among Republicans to dive quickly into erecting a wall amid uncertainty about how it will be financed.

Trump's fiscal 2018 blueprint won't be a complete budget that shows revenue projections or proposals for mandatory spending for programs like Medicare. Even among those open to the idea of a wall, many spoke about it in less than enthusiastic tones.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the administration is asking for $1.5 billion this fiscal year and $2.6 billion in fiscal 2018.

Asked recently if Mexico would pay for the wall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who estimated the wall could cost $15 billion, said simply: "Uh, no". For President Trump, who is committed to slashing federal spending - signing an executive order Monday that promised a full review of federal agencies and departments to determine where money is being "wasted" - eliminating the need for an expensive construction project by encouraging what Mitt Romney once called "self-deportation" could ultimately provide him with a way to claim political wins on two fronts.

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Estimates of the total cost of the wall range from $12 billion to more than $21 billion. Funding for the government runs out in late April. "And so now Donald Trump wants the American taxpayers to pay for it". He said the funding would allow the administration to start the program. According to The Hill, Senate Democrats have warned the GOP they could risk a government shutdown ahead of next month's funding deadline if so-called "poison pills", like funding for the wall, are included in spending bills.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said during a radio interview last week on WHYY-FM that threatening to shut down the government in order to get what they want is the Democrats' "only card" in negotiations with the Republicans.

White House adviser Thomas Bossert told a cyber conference on Wednesday that the Trump administration would prioritize cybersecurity by requiring departments and agencies to implement a federal cybersecurity framework and develop metrics to score them on their implementation.

"This is the America First budget and in fact we wrote it using the president's own words...the president ran saying he would spend less money overseas and more at home", Mulvaney said explaining the cut to the State Department, adding that the reductions would come from foreign aid and won't affect the "core diplomatic functions" of the department. "Not "the fence" - defense", said McCain.

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