Senate Passes $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill In Late-Night Vote

Posted March 26, 2018

"The president had a discussion with Speaker (Paul) Ryan and Leader (Mitch) McConnell, where they talked about their shared priorities secured in the omnibus spending bill", the statement said.

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.

The tweet was at odds with comments Thursday by President Trump's supporters. The money is used for everything from scholarly research to local theater productions. The CPB's budget was kept the same, at $465 million.

"With $1.6 billion included in the spending bill that arrives on President Trump's desk tomorrow, we're going to start to build that wall", Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, Thursday.

Trump, however, vowed to "never sign another bill like this again".

Trump says "nobody" is "more disappointed than me because the number is so large".

The president again called for a line-item veto of budget bills, even though the Supreme Court has declared that tool unconstitutional.

This bill provides only $1.6 billion for a year's work.

That's much less than the $25 billion Trump wants.

"Nobody read it", Trump said.

He says, "this is a short term funding, but it's immediate". Twice this calendar year the government was allowed to slip into shutdown.

However, President Trump took to Twitter shortly after the development to announce his plans to veto the bill over a DACA solution that was not included.

"Therefore, as a matter of national security, I have signed this omnibus budget bill", he explained.

President Donald Trump in a discussion with congressional leaders on Wednesday backed a $1.3 trillion USA spending bill, which aides said will include new funds for border security, the Pentagon, infrastructure and fighting Russian election hacking.

The conservative wing of Trump's party had panned the bill because of its spending increases and some deficit hawks cheered Trump's Friday morning threat to veto it.

He also said, "For the last eight years deep defense cuts have undermined our national security.My highest duty is to keep America safe, nothing more important". The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

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

A federal heating aid program for low-income residents has survived another attempt by President Donald Trump to kill it. Despite multiple meetings and press conferences, legislators have apparently failed to save it.

Had the Senate rejected the legislation, the government would have run out of money after 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Friday evening.

The omnibus spending bill, which will fund the government through September, beefs up military and domestic programs, delivering federal funds to every corner of the country.

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. Republicans said it made the USA "stronger at home and abroad" and for Democrats, it put "workers and families first".

Congress had already left town for a two-week recess.

In his Friday morning tweet, Trump said that those protected from deportation by the DACA program have been "totally abandoned" by Congress, and he blamed the Democrats.

Instead, Trump will get almost $1.6 billion more for border security this year.

The votes capped a long struggle by Congress, which was supposed to have approved the government funding by last October 1.

Trump said states have programs to prevent utility shutoffs in cold weather, but there's no such requirement for heating oil dealers, which are not regulated like electric and natural gas utilities, to deliver to customers who can not pay.

The legislation implementing that deal is viewed as possibly one of few bills moving through Congress this year, making it a target for lawmakers and lobbyists seeking to attach their top priorities. A White House official that day denied that Trump was considering vetoing the package, and Ryan emerged from the huddle saying Trump would support the bill. In the House, 90 of the chamber's 238 Republicans revolted against the measure. But the budget caps-busting deal drew serious conservative opposition.