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    White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall

    President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

    The White House documents were submitted to Congress amid negotiations over a catchall spending bill that would avert a partial government shutdown at the end of next month. The package would wrap up $1.1 trillion in unfinished spending bills and address the Trump administration's request for an immediate $30 billion in additional Pentagon spending.

    The latest Trump proposal, disclosed Tuesday, would eliminate $1.2 billion in National Institutes of Health research grants, a favorite of both parties. The community development block grant program, also popular, would be halved, amounting to a cut of $1.5 billion, and Trump would strip $500 million from a transportation project known as TIGER grants.

    Like Trump's 2018 proposed budget, which was panned by both Democrats and Republicans earlier this month, the proposals have little chance of being enacted.

    But they could create bad political optics for the struggling Trump White House, since the administration asked earlier for $3 billion to pay for the Trump's controversial U.S.-Mexico border wall and other immigration enforcement plans. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for the wall, a claim the country has disputed.

    "The administration is asking the American taxpayer to cover the cost of a wall unneeded, ineffective, absurdly expensive that Mexico was supposed to pay for, and he is cutting programs vital to the middle class to get that done," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Build the wall or repair or build a bridge or tunnel or road in your community? What's the choice?"

    The roster of cuts were sent to Capitol Hill as a set of options for GOP staff aides and lawmakers crafting a catchall spending bill for the ongoing budget year, which ends Sept. 30.

    Those talks are intensifying, but Senate Republicans are considering backing away from a showdown with Democrats over whether to fund Trump's request for immediate funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate Democrats have threatened to filibuster any provision providing money for the wall.

    Asked about including Southern border wall financing in the broader spending package, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a key negotiator, said, "They will not pass together. That's just my view."

    Blunt added, "My view is there's a path to get 60 votes" in the Senate, the total required to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Blunt is a member of the Senate GOP leadership team and a major player on health and human services accounts.

    The government would shut down except for some functions at midnight April 28 without successful action on spending. GOP leaders are eager to avoid a politically damaging shutdown, especially in the wake of last week's embarrassing failure to pass the Trump-pushed bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

    Negotiators have made progress on the core elements of a dozen must-do funding bills but have ignored the White House's list of cuts in doing so.

    But the White House badly wants funding for the Mexico wall and hasn't fully engaged in the Capitol Hill negotiations. Pitfalls lay ahead in the talks, and the situation is especially fragile because of divisions among GOP ranks and uncertainty over who's playing the lead role at the White House on the particulars of budget work.

    According to new details sent to Congress, the administration wants immediate funds to complete an existing barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, $500 million to complete 28 miles of border levee wall near McAllen, Texas, and $350 million for construction along two segments near San Diego.

    Other cuts include $434 million to immediately eliminate a program to encourage community service opportunities for senior citizens, eliminating $372 million in remaining funding for heating subsidies for the poor, and cutting $447 million in transit grants.

    White House budget office spokesman John Czwartacki said the proposals were not being shared with the media. A Capitol Hill aide described the cuts to The Associated Press, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the budget document is not yet public.
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    But, but, I thought the Mexicans were going to pay for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipolarFan View Post
    DOH!!

    Maybe Obama should get on Twitter and take credit for it.
    Where does it say Trump is taking credit for it? He just tweeted the announcement. Credibility much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.T. Fan View Post
    Where does it say Trump is taking credit for it? He just tweeted the announcement. Credibility much?
    To be fair that is what Trump is implying by his tweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2233boys View Post
    To be fair that is what Trump is implying by his tweet.
    That is what you think but there is not one word or hint that says or shows he is taking credit. The only implication is BiPo's depiction.being fair would be to draw no conclusion since there is nothing actually stated in that regard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.T. Fan View Post
    That is what you think but there is not one word or hint that says or shows he is taking credit. The only implication is BiPo's depiction.being fair would be to draw no conclusion since there is nothing actually stated in that regard.
    That was his implication and you know it. You are being purposefully obtuse if you believe otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2233boys View Post
    That was his implication and you know it. You are being purposefully obtuse if you believe otherwise.
    Your way or the highway huh! Have it your way since your perceived notion of superior intelligence rests at the center of your thoughts. You continually fulfill the the description of understanding being only fully know by you no matter how it actually may be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.T. Fan View Post
    That is what you think but there is not one word or hint that says or shows he is taking credit. The only implication is BiPo's depiction.being fair would be to draw no conclusion since there is nothing actually stated in that regard.
    One of the most notable characteristics of Trump's personality is his boastfulness. It has been on display time and time again. To say otherwise would be disingenuous. That being the case, the most likely implication of his tweet is that he is trying to take credit for it.

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