In the budget of the upcoming fiscal year 2020, a large amount of reductions have been made in Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department’s allocated fund to build up the border wall on the US-Mexico border.
The 2020 budget proposal published by the Trump administration, introduces increase in infrastructure and defense spending at the cost of cutting down internal expenditures within the country. Meanwhile, the president is also asking to reduce the EPA’s budget by 31% which would be the biggest cut for any agency till now.
Trump’s budget will be reducing the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, an office under the Department of Energy, to 70% which would be $700 million from $2.3 billion. At the same time, the president is also struggling to get funding of $8.6 billion more to help the government complete its goal of building 722 miles of border wall.
This further may turn out to be a wasteful deliberation as the Democrats are now in control of the House of Representatives. Earlier also, the negotiations during government shutdown only generated $1.375 billion for construction. And soon after that, Trump declared national emergency, which allowed him to generate a total of $8 billion.
Meanwhile, the democrats condemned the budget request made by the president, saying “President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico,” as stated from the joint statement made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson.”
As the president wants to improve the infrastructure, therefore he has asked for $200 billion and for the raise of $36 billion in defense budget of $716 billion for the year 2019.
It seems that the budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020, which would be ending a month before the next presidential elections, would be having a border enforcement and border wall as its top priority.