President Donald Trump called on Monday for spending more U.S. taxpayer money on the military and a U.S.-Mexico border wall, while overhauling social safety-net programs in a budget plan likely to die in Congress but live on in his 2020 re-election campaign.
Like past presidential budget proposals, Trump’s plan was highly unlikely to become law. It was immediately panned by Democrats, who control the House of Representatives and blocked Trump’s push for border wall funding in a standoff that led last year to a five-week partial federal government shutdown.
The $4.7 trillion plan asks for $8.6 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico – more than six times what Congress gave Trump for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years, and 6 percent more than he has corralled by invoking emergency powers this year after he failed to get the money he wanted.
It also includes proposals to overhaul Medicare, Medicaid and other costly social programs that help the poor and underprivileged.