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Thursday, 18 May 2017 17:09

White House Reveals Details for Border Wall Ahead of Budget Proposal

Written by  ALAN RAPPEPORT

The White House released some details of two of the larger components of the 2018 budget it will send to Congress on Tuesday. Money it wants to spend on the military and a southern border wall will be part of a wish list that will serve as the opening bid in negotiations over funding the government next year.

A beefed-up version of the “skinny” budget President Trump released in March is expected to include long-term projections on spending for government services, tax revenues and economic forecasts. It will also shed light for the first time on how the Trump administration plans to address funding for programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

As Mr. Trump learned during last month’s negotiations for funding the government through the 2017 fiscal year, the White House often does not get its way when dealing with Congress, particularly when votes from Democrats are required. Congressional budget committees are expected to craft their own budget proposals in June, and many Republicans have already signaled that the draconian cuts Mr. Trump wants to make to domestic programs are nonstarters.

Mr. Trump will get the opportunity to put more specific numbers on some of his big promises in the budget released next week.

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