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Kamala Harris Slams Donald Trump Over $8.6B Budget Request for Border Wall 'Vanity Project'

Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris slammed President Donald Trump on Sunday over his reported plans to request $8.6 billion in funding for the construction of his long-promised border wall in the budget proposal the White House is set to release on Monday. 

"Let’s get this straight: Billions of dollars for a border wall is a waste of money," the California lawmaker tweeted out on Sunday.

"American taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for the President’s vanity project. We simply don’t need it," she said. 

Harris was not the only Democrat to shoot down the president's planned proposal. 

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer lashed out at the president on Sunday over the expected budget request and warned that history would "repeat itself" if the White House followed through on demanding the border wall funding. 

"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," the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement. "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," the two Democrats warned. 

According to Reuters, Trump planned to use $5 billion from the Department of Homeland Security budget and another $3.6 billion from the Pentagon's military construction budget for his border wall, which he had long claimed Mexico, not the U.S. taxpayers, would pay for.

Congress had approved about $1.4 billion for border-barrier projects for fiscal year 2019, which already fell far short of the $5.7 billion Trump had asked for, triggering a record-breaking 35-day partial government shutdown.

In February, Trump signed the compromise spending bill but declared a national emergency at the southern border in an apparent bid to secure funding for his border wall from other budgets. 

This week, the Senate is set to vote on a resolution opposing the emergency declaration, with a number of Republican senators announcing in recent weeks that they planned to vote in favor of the measure. If it does pass the Senate (it has already passed the House), Trump has vowed to veto the resolution, which would send it back to Congress, which doesn't seem to have the votes required to override the president's veto. 

Already, the Trump administration is facing lawsuits over his emergency declaration, including one from a coalition of 16 states and another from the American Civil Liberties Union. 

GettyImages-866270020 Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, speaks at a news conference with fellow Democrats to call for passage of the Dream Act, at the U.S. Capitol October 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Harris has slammed President Donald Trump over his reported plans to request $8.6 billion in border wall funding in the 2020 budget. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

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