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a month late and more than a few dollars short US president Donald Trump is expected to drop his twenty twenty budget Monday kicking off what's sure to be a painful physical process Reuters correspondent Andy Sullivan says the budget has become less of a spending guideline and more of a political stunt the president's budget is supposed to be the opening shot in a month long negotiating process but it's becoming increasingly irrelevant to over the years and even more so under president trump if you recall if years back his first budget call for dramatic cuts like a third of the state department he wanted to eliminate he sent that up to the Congress which at that time was controlled by Republicans they said yeah that's nice and they pretty much ignored it this year's presidential proposal is expected to bring deep cuts to domestic programs while increasing defense spending shuffling funds to pay for the wall he's promised to build on the southern border with Mexico , with the national debt topping twenty two trillion dollars and the deficit at nine hundred billion it's unlikely the plan will make much headway in Congress which controls federal spending and with the Republican led Senate and democratic majority house lawmakers coming up with the joint budget seems even more like a pipe dream they've been unable to do that on their own they can't pass their own spending blueprints and they can't pass their spending bills on time a broken budget process that could lead to another government shutdown this fall