Trump signs spending bill, blasts Congress


Trump backed the bill only reluctantly, and Republican lawmakers and aides acknowledged the deal involved trade-offs for Democratic votes that were needed despite the GOP majority lock on Congress.

On Friday afternoon, all those competing impulses were on display again.

Washington, Mar 23 The US Senate passed a United States dollars 1.3 trillion federal spending bill in dramatic dark-of-night fashion early today, overcoming hurdles that threatened to send the government into its third shutdown of 2018.

Capitol Hill allies close to the White House said they were surprised by the President's tweet threatening a potential veto. "The president, and our leadership, and the leadership in the House got together and said, 'Look, we don't like what the Democrats are doing, we got to fund the government'".

President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, March 13, 2018, in San Diego.

But in the end, Trump agreed to the funding package, saying his "highest duty is to keep America safe" (the bill gives the military its largest budget in history), which wraps up what will likely be Congress's last major legislative push of the year. The spending resolution is widely seen as the last best chance to get something done on DACA.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney also cited the bill's increases in spending on national defense, the opioid crisis, school safety, and workforce development.

Trump announced a prospective veto and then changed his mind amid mass confusion among his staff, and Republican lawmakers; it was unclear whether Trump would take questions at a quickly called "news conference".

"The Democrats did not want Daca in this bill". "Some people don't even know what's in it". The Democrats would not do it.

It's the second straight year Congress restored funding in response to Trump's calls for ending such programs as the NEH, the NEA and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Mr. Trump blasted the bill as rushed and bloated with unnecessary domestic spending, but said that the $695 billion included for defense was critical for national security. Under the bill, some 92 miles of fencing will be replaced or built, but all of it must hew to existing border-fencing models.

An internal White House television feed is advertising the upcoming event: "President Trump Participates in a Bill Signing".

The massive spending package marks the end of a months-long funding stalemate in which lawmakers were forced to pass one short-term spending bill after another, but it's now unclear whether the President will sign it ahead of the government shutdown deadline at midnight. We can hire hundreds of new CBP officers.

"We chose to use our leverage to help this bill pass", Pelosi said. Many House members are or were in NY at the funeral for Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who passed away last week.

With Congress already on recess, and a government shutdown looming, he said that young immigrants now protected in the USA under Barack Obama's Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program "have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded".

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The conservative House Freedom Caucus says it would support President Donald Trump if he vetoed a $1.3 trillion spending bill.

"There's a lot of things that I'm unhappy about in this bill", he said, even though it was cleared by a Congress controlled by his own party.

On the left, some Democrats rejected the proposal because it didn't include permanent protectees under for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It's these are all people who offered staunchly pro-Trump soundbites on cable television.