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Budgets & Border Walls
News Bytes 03/12/2019 32 Comments

Yesterday, President Donald Trump released the U.S. government’s new budget. His proposal shows the president is eager to confront Congress about boosting defense spending while cutting nondefense spending. The 2020 budget seems to be setting the stage for yet another money battle in Congress.

Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, confirms that the $8.6 billion border request is part of Trump’s spending blueprint for the 2020 budget year, which begins October 1. Those monies would pay for hundreds of miles of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The proposed budget will also increase funding to increase the “manpower” of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and Customs and Border Patrol at a time when many Democrats are calling for cuts—or even the elimination—of those areas.

Vought says Trump’s document tries “reining in reckless Washington spending” and shows “we can return to fiscal sanity.” But the Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Representative John Yarmuth, calls some of the budget’s changes “dangerous.”

In addition to wall funding, the budget lists more than $80 billion for veterans’ services, including funds for rehabilitation and employment assistance. Also in the budget are resources to fight opioid abuse (for more information on opioids, read “Pill-Busting Powder”) and plans to shift some federal student loan costs to colleges and universities.

The border wall, though, remains central to the president, even though Congress has resisted giving him more money for it.

“Congress refused to fund his wall and [President Trump] was forced to admit defeat. . . . The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again,” say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. They say the money “would be better spent on rebuilding America.”

Congressional fighting can be troubling and/or tiresome. But how does it highlight the advantages of democracy and free speech?

 (President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget outline arrives on Capitol Hill at the House Budget Committee, in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2019. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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1st Comment!!!

What a money grabbing mess. :(

@ Luke F.

I agree, what a mess. Sigh... is a mess...

I hope they cam billd a border wall soon. we need one very badly...


I hope they change the VA's(veterans hospitals) around here with that $80 billion.

thats pretty interesting and

thats pretty interesting and thats a TON of money

WOW!!! That's a TON of money

WOW!!! That's a TON of money!!!!!!

Leah P.

Sorry, didn't mean to copy you:)

Yea, I agree we do need a

Yea, I agree we do need a wall and that is a lot of money!


This would be a good plan to carry out, to keep the immigrants out. I'm not saying that I don't like immigrants; it's just that they shouldn't be able to become citizens unless they can pay, since they are not from the USA.

To above.

Yes I agree.☆

Woah!!! That's Big Buck's!!!

I live in AZ, so the wall would be a HUGE benefit to our state, albeit that $8.6 billion it a lot of money... and l hope it doesn't come from new taxes!

@Tabitha B.

Well where else would it come from, this will almost definitely increase taxes.

@ Zack W.

Your right, that is if Congress decides to go through with the budget, which l hope they do. ( It's not that l want new taxes or anything, but we do need a border wall very badly)


At first, I didn't like the idea of a wall. But, now I'm all for it. It will help with a lot of problems. And we most certainly need one.

33 Lieon In God I Trust

It will be used to rebuild America if we use the money to build the walls because then we won't have gangsters and illegal immigrants. I hope Nancy Pelosi will stop being arrogant and self centered and let us build the wall and make America safe and great again.

I personally don't think that

I personally don't think that the wall is a good idea. People will still figure out how to go over or under it. It is going to put us into billions of dollars of debt. That is just my opinion.

Okay, first of all, isn't

Okay, first of all, isn't America a country full of immigrants? Remember what the statue of liberty stands for? America is a country of freedom, and liberty. I'm not saying Mexicans should come here illegally, but is this really the answer?

Second of all, we have gangsters and bad people here anyways. It's not like Mexicans are the only people who are sinners. It would be racist to say so.

Third of all, God made the earth for all his people to live in.

Fourth of all, This could be a waste of money.

No offense to anyone! Just stating my opinion.

-Elsie G

Elsie (Emelias sister)

I mean, I know it would be good to have a border, but...idk. It just might be a waste of money, time, and energy. Especially if they find a way under..or over...the wall.
Elsie G

@ Elsie

You have a good point, but if we allowed every immigrant into America then our country would be swamped with them. I wonder if there is a good solution that involves both treating these people the way Jesus would AND not wasting a ton of money building a border wall.. (No offense to anyone who thinks that the border wall is a good idea, I'm just getting my opinion out there.)

@ Emilia G

Everyone has a diferent opinion. My opinion is that we need a wall, I'm not ageansed imigrants I just want them to come in the rite way.

Lena P

I agree with you! I don't think we should just let everyone in...especially illegally.


why would we need or want a wall?

Nadia A

I say we let no one in and make them go back home. I say Tear Gas or...



Go read the news more. This wall will change history and save thousands of our lives.


was my comment deleted??!!! I think rui p rote ──────▄▀▄─────▄▀▄ and i rote what is that and now there gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rui P, This is Elsie

No need to be rude to Audra. If she don't think we need a wall that is her opinion and her choice. You are just as much of a sinner as these immigrants. Also, if they are here legally we have no reason to kick them out of America.

@ Rui p

I think we should let imagrens in the unided states but only if they do it the rite way. Through paperwork!
(thats just my opinion)

@ emilia g

I agree with you.

the one were you sead...

I agree with you! I don't think we should just let everyone in...especially illegally.


IF we could build prison camps, then we could put them there. But they need to leave or, like I said, tear gas....

@ Rui p

PRISON CAMPS! then we'd be like hitler! (don't take it personal)( just an opinion)

Elsie (Emelias sister)

Ummm WHAT??? We would be cruel and inhumane to put them in PRISON CAMPS! America would be terrible. Like Nadia A said, we would be like Hitler and his Nazis.
Germans are still ashamed of the WW2 Prison Camps and that was decades ago. Millions of Jews, polish and others were killed in cruel and unimaginable ways. I seriosly don't understand why ANYONE would do that. Seriously. I mean....I don't mean to offend anyone but honestly...WHAT?????

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