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Trump says he signed $1.3 trillion spending bill

24 Marcha 2018, 10:57 | Benedicto Grullon

The Senate has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which now heads to President Trump's desk for approval and avoids a weekend government shutdown

The Senate has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which now heads to President Trump's desk for approval and avoids a weekend government shutdown

The US Senate narrowly averted a government shutdown by passing a US$1.3 trillion (S$1.7 trillion) spending Bill early yesterday, but President Donald Trump made a surprising threat to veto the Bill, raising the spectre of a possible shutdown.

Lawmakers have left town on a two-week recess, some of them on overseas trips and with no plans to return to Washington DC.

Trump had kicked off his Friday festivities with a veto threat tweet that proved to be brilliant counterprogramming for the morning's news cycle chatter about Anderson Cooper's interview with former Playboy bunny Karen McDougal.

President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion budget into law Friday - but he wasn't happy about it.

"I looked very seriously at the veto", Trump said. "This spending bill pumps billions more to agents who board buses to ask citizens and non-citizens alike for their papers...and who patrol border communities with guns and a political mission", Greisa Martinez Rosas, deputy executive director at the national immigrant-youth network United We Dream, said in a statement on Friday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis also praised the increase in defense spending.

"The Bay is making progress and our legislators know how important it is to keep doing what works, especially when it is grounded in science", said William C. Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

At the media briefing, the Republican president blamed Democrats for the lack of protections for DACA recipients in the bill. Neither of those moves appears likely. The Supreme Court ruled in 1998 that a congressionally passed line-item veto was unconstitutional. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has rejected the idea of discarding the filibuster.

The omnibus bill includes $1.6 billion in new funding for border security but allows only for fencing similar to what already exists along the border - nothing that would resemble Trump's envisioned wall.

The EPA's budget stayed the same in size, despite the White House's effort to cut it by 31 percent. "We have to have by far the strongest military in the world".

Reince Priebus, Trump's first chief of staff, "was a little bit more like President Trump was used to. Or at the very least, don't unilaterally make things worse, yet again".

The DACA is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals, under restrictive conditions, who entered the USA as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country without legal permission to do so, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. "You can fix this".

September 5, 2017: Trump announced an end to the DACA program, which protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation.

Trump railed against the "ridiculous situation" that led to the bill, apparently referring to tense Congressional negotiations in recent days, and spoke bitterly of Democrats who demanded concessions to vote for it, calling their funding priorities a "wasted sum of money". He urged the president to sign the bill.

Several advisers inside and outside the White House characterized the tweet as Trump blowing off steam and said they still expected Trump to sign the legislation.

In Ohio as well, Mike Gibbons, a Republican running in the Senate primary against Rep. Jim Renacci, is hitting Renacci on the spending bill - even though Renacci voted against it. Gibbons' argument is that Renacci, as a House Budget Committee member, is responsible for the product.

It caps yet another week of high drama at the White House where the mercurial former reality TV star replaced his national security advisor, launched a new trade fight with China, and needled investigators probing Russian Federation election meddling.



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