Trump-Congress Showdown 4 on Horizon with New Request for Border Wall Funding

Last December, President Trump asked Congress for $5.6 billion in funding to be used to build the wall along the southern border.

The Republican controlled House did pass a funding bill with Trump’s request, but the McConnell led Senate failed to pass the spending bill.

Several days later, the government began what turned out to be the longest government shutdown in American history.

In the second showdown, the Pelosi led House forced Trump to compromise with minimal funding for the border wall in order to avoid another government shutdown.

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Then Trump turned to declaring a national emergency to obtain funding for the border wall, only to have Democrats and Republicans take action to stop the emergency order.

Now, President Trump has set the stage for a fourth showdown with Congress by requesting $8.6 billion in funding for the border wall.

Fox News – Trump to request $8.6B in wall funding in ‘tough’ budget request, setting up congressional showdown – President Trump will soon formally seek a total of $8.6 billion in new border wall funding from Congress as part of the White House’s upcoming budget proposal for the next fiscal year, three sources close to the budget process tell Fox News, although the aggressive request faces all-but-certain rejection in Congress amid a growing crisis at the southern border.

The budget is also expected to seek money to establish the Space Force as a new branch of the military, and to sharply curb spending on domestic safety-net programs. The outline includes a total of $2.7 trillion in nondefense spending cuts and the administration says its proposals would put the federal government on track to balance the budget by 2034.

“In the last two years, President Trump and this Administration have prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending. The Budget that we have presented to Congress and the American people … embodies fiscal responsibility, and takes aim at Washington’s waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought said in a statement Sunday night…

Everyone, including President Trump, knows that Congress will reject Trump’s funding request.

So, what will happen?

Will there be another government shutdown?

Will Pelosi manage to force Trump to compromise when she won’t?

Will Congress finally listen to the American people and pass a spending bill that includes funding for the border wall?


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