President Trump seeks $8.6B to build border wall

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(NBC News) — In his 2020 budget, President Trump is asking Congress for $8.6 billion to build a border wall with Mexico. 

The plan doubles what Trump has already set aside, and it’s six times more than what Congress was willing to approve to end the fight that shut down the government. 

In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote, “The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson.”

Defense is expected to get a $750 billion boost in the budget, but sources tell NBC News that the president will pitch a five percent cut to everything else, including: education, healthcare, the environment and more. 

Also this week, Congress is expected to reject President Trump’s National Emergency, allowing him to use military funds to build the wall.

The president will veto that bill, sending it right back to Congress, where there’s not have enough votes to stop him.

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