After veto threat, Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill

Hugh Fox
March 26, 2018

In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump threatened that he was considering to veto the massive spending bill which will fund the federal government through September 30. Is the president going to sign the bill?

Trump himself cancelled the de facto amnesty - known as DACA - but has repeatedly tried to pin the blame on Democrats.

"For the last eight years, deep defense cuts have undermined our national security". "The Democrats fought every single inch of the way".

In recent weeks, opioid addiction has been an area of concern for both parties and was awarded $2.8 billion.

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Mr Trump has been frustrated that Congress has not turned over funding to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard. The government spending bill passed quickly through rounds of voting in the House (256-167) and a subsequent passage from the Senate (65-32). (Of that $1.6 billion, only $38 million goes to the "planning and design" of a "border barrier", i.e. a wall; most of it is for fences.) Still, his veto threat on Friday morning didn't add up. It says the bill does not have enough money for the border wall, leaves intact President Barack Obama's health care law and funds Planned Parenthood.

But there was a brief drama that threatened to keep the chamber from voting when Senator James Risch, an Idaho Republican, objected that one of the provisions in the piece of legislation renamed a wilderness preserve in his state for his political rival Cecil Andrus, a Democratic governor and secretary of the Interior under president Jimmy Carter.

"I will never sign another bill like this again", he said."Nobody read it".

Asked why he'd made the threat, Trump said he'd "looked very seriously at the veto", but "because of the incredible gains that we've been able to make for the military that overrode any of our thinking".

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On Thursday, Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, guaranteed he would sign the massive spending measure. "And, combined with the Democrats, that could do some serious damage", Lord said.

The spending measure includes US$1.6 billion for border security, including money for fencing and levees, though that is only a fraction of the US$25 billion that Mr Trump wanted to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to make good on his campaign promise to keep out migrants. And it was a monologue by Trump, not a news conference. By Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that he "Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming".

Afterward, the president spoke at a White House event where he warned Congress he'd never sign another spending bill like this one. I mean, if you can't - ultimately, the Democrats controlled this process in the Senate.

For its part, the Hispanic Caucus of Congress (CHC), represented by its chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, issued a statement saying it does not support the new bill because, "by not including a permanent fix for Dreamers in the omnibus, the President and Republicans have prolonged this self-inflicted crisis and have left the Dreamers in limbo and at the mercy of a temporary court injunction".

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Other critics were quick to point out that Trump was the one to rescind the program in the first place.

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