President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE is set to release his fiscal 2021 budget this week as Washington looks to put the weeks-long impeachment battle in the rearview mirror.

The White House will unveil the mammoth spending plan on Monday, marking the formal start of the effort to fund the government before the end of the 2020 fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Trump’s budget is more than a political wishlist and is likely to land with a thud on Capitol Hill, given the divided nature of government. Both the House and Senate are expected to craft their own spending bills.

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But the fiscal blueprint gives the administration a chance to outline its spending priorities heading toward the November election and just a day before Democrats battle it out in the New Hampshire primary.

Trump will ask for $2 billion in new border wall construction funding — a steep cut compared to the $5 billion for the wall coupled with an additional $3.6 billion to replenish military construction accounts requested in fiscal 2020. Democrats are likely to reject the $2 billion request; Congress previously signed off on $1.375 billion in a prior spending package.

Democrats already panned Trump’s proposal even before it was officially released.

“The budget is a statement of values and once again the President is showing just how little he values the good health, financial security and well-being of hard-working American families,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement. 

“Less than a week after promising to protect families’ health care in his State of the Union address, the President is now brazenly inflicting savage multi-billion-dollar cuts to Medicare and Medicaid,” she added. 

House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthBudget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts MORE (D-Ky.) said Trump, who he called a “destructive and irrational president,” was releasing a “destructive and irrational budget.”

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“He is proposing deep cuts to critical programs that help American families and protect our economic and national security. Furthermore, the budget reportedly includes destructive changes to Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security and other assistance programs that help Americans make ends meet – all while extending his tax cuts for millionaires and wealthy corporations,” Yarmuth added.

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyKennedy, Markey neck-and-neck in Massachusetts primary: poll Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D-Mass.) added that Trump is trying to cut “the benefits working class families have earned, all to pay for his tax cuts for his billionaire backers.”

“His draconian budget, which guts Medicare, food stamps, and more, is the direct result of that corrupt alliance,” Markey tweeted.

Trump’s budget is expected to break with a two-year budget deal by including a 6 percent cut to nondefense spending.The top-line numbers included in Trump’s request would provide $740.5 billion in defense spending but $590 billion for domestic spending.

Trump is asking for a 21 percent cut to the State Department and foreign aid spending — a request that lawmakers have rejected in previous years.  

Trump also wants to cut $4.4 trillion in spending over a decade to try to rein in the deficit, including taking $2 trillion from the nondefense discretionary programs; another $2 trillion would come from trimming spending on mandatory programs.

A rotating cast of top administration officials are expected to head to Capitol Hill this week to publicly discuss Trump’s budget request.

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinFinancial trade tax gains traction with 2020 Democrats Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference MORE and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will appear before the Senate Finance Committee on back-to-back days to discuss the budget.

Meanwhile, Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will appear before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday. Phillip Swagel, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, will testify before the House Appropriations Committee.

Equal Rights Amendment

The House is slated to take up legislation introduced by Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse passes bill paving way for ERA ratification Abortion wars flare up in Congress House Democrats question Secret Service on payments to Trump properties MORE (D-Calif.) that would remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Md.) announced the bill would come to the floor on Friday.

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“This bill would remove the deadline to ratify the ERA, paving the way to be added to the Constitution and taking a historic step for women's equality,” he said.

“I would add, Mr. Speaker, this is not an adoption of an assumption that, in fact, the 38 states who have ratified to date have not ratified within the framework of the Constitution and therefore that amendment should, in fact, be judged to have been adopted," Hoyer added.

House Democrats’ decision to bring the bill for a vote comes after Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA.

The measure is expected to see some bipartisan support in the House, with a handful of moderates signing onto the bill.

“Virginia’s historic vote to be the critical 38th state needed to ratify the ERA echoes the resounding call for an America free from sex discrimination. Recently, DOJ released a nonbinding legal opinion claiming that states can no longer ratify the ERA – apparently forgetting that Article V of the Constitution unequivocally leaves the power to amend the Constitution with Congress and the States. DOJ also conveniently overlooks the fact that Congress has set and changed deadlines for constitutional amendments,” Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyOversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances House Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group MORE (D-N.Y.), Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (R-Pa.), Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedThis week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill Cuccinelli: New York reintroduced 'the main problem' that allowed 9/11 New Yorkers blocked from Global Entry program over immigrant license law MORE (R-N.Y.) and Speier all said in a joint statement following the ERA’s passage in Virginia last month. 

The legislation would need to pass the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Democrats block two Senate abortion bills VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE (R-Ky.) has indicated he isn’t supportive.

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“I haven't thought about that. I am personally not a supporter, but I haven't thought about it,” he told reporters last week.

War powers

The Senate could take up a resolution this week to limit Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval after tensions spiked earlier this year.

The resolution, offered by Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' MORE (D-Va.), would require Trump to withdraw any troops from military hostilities against Iran within 30 days.

Because the resolution is being offered under the War Powers Act, Democrats are able to force a vote on the Senate floor, and it only needs a simple majority to pass. GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms MORE (Utah), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony MORE (Ky.) and Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungLobbying World Republican Senate campaign arm hauled in over million in January The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (Ind.) are each expected to support the resolution after Kaine made changes intended to pick up more support.  

The resolution, if it passes the Senate and House, is expected to garner a veto from Trump.

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Nominations

With the impeachment trial behind his chamber, McConnell is teeing up five judicial nominations for votes on the Senate floor.

The Senate will take a procedural vote on Monday to end the debate on Andrew Brasher's nomination to be a judge on the 11th Circuit.  

After they dispense with Brasher’s nomination the Senate will turn to the nominations of Joshua Kindred, Matthew Schelp, Joshua Kness and Philip Halpern, all of whom have been picked to be U.S. district judges.

--Niv Elis contributed