US budget proposal includes funding for border wall

By Andy Brown13 March 2019


The proposed budget is for the fiscal year 2020

President Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020 has been revealed. It includes US$8.6 billion to fund sections of the controversial wall on the US-Mexico border.

The budget could lead to an overall cut in infrastructure and construction spending though, as the proposal looks to cut overall non-defence discretionary spending by 5% – federal and construction programs fall into this category.

The administration continues to try to keep the idea of a comprehensive infrastructure package alive. A fact sheet accompanying the 2020 budget proposal asks Congress to pass legislation providing US$200 billion in federal spending.

The administration claims that this would spark up to US$1 trillion in non-federal investment, including money from the private sector. 

The proposed US$8.6 billion for the US-Mexico wall is highly unlikely to be passed easily. Funding for the wall was the main issue behind the recent 35-day federal government shutdown.

US construction spending increased 4.1% in 2018 from 2017, although spending dropped by 0.6% in December 2018 compared to November 2018.

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