Why Trump Is Threatening to Veto Omnibus Spending Bill

25 March, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The president kept Washington in suspense over what he would do on the spending bill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said as the minority party in Congress, "We feel good".

Once again, federal funding for the arts has been spared.

There is plenty of reason to doubt whether Trump's threat is credible. The money is used for everything from scholarly research to local theater productions.

That's an increase from $436 million in the previous budget.

"As a matter of national security, I have signed this omnibus budget bill". "But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again".

Trump complained about the process of passing the bill at the signing ceremony, pointing to the 2,200 pages next to the podium and saying, "It's just a series of documents nobody has had time to read". He also appeals to Congress for a line-item veto that would grant him the ability to nix spending he disagrees with.

"Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming". David Perdue, R-Ga., who opposed the bill and speaks regularly to Trump.

A veto would have created another government shutdown. It was widely anticipated that the president would sign the bill to avoid another government closure with funds due to run out on Saturday.

The president repeated his explanation that, while he "looked" at a veto, he chose to sign because of the defense money. It also increases defense spending by more than $60 billion from 2017. "We have tremendous opposition to what will be the strongest military we have ever had", he gloated.

While disappointed that the border wall was not fully funded, Trump told reporters he will put the money to work immediately.

Friday, Trump argued that Democrats have stood in the way of DACA recipients gaining permanent legal status, while casting Republicans as would-be saviors.

The Senate passed the spending bill by a 65-32 vote early Friday after the House of Representatives approved the measure Thursday. "Nothing is more important", Trump said, claiming the bill reverses military spending cuts of past presidents. Some people don't even know what is in- $1.3 trillion. Both chambers of Congress are now on a two-week Easter break, and legislators have scattered back to their districts and states.

"President Trump is moving the military away from the crippling policies of the Obama era that left our nation's defenses at its lowest levels of readiness since before WWII".

Several advisers inside and outside the White House had characterised the tweet as Mr Trump blowing off steam.

The government faces a midnight shutdown if a spending bill is not signed.

It provides $1.6bn in funding for Mr Trump's border wall, far short of the $25bn the White House had sought.

The missive sent White House officials and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill scurrying to ensure that Trump would still sign the omnibus spending bill, which top White House officials promised just a day earlier Trump would sign.

At a hastily arranged White House event Friday afternoon, Trump told a group of reporters he signed the sweeping funding package "for the goal of national security" even though he was "unhappy about a lot of things" in the massive funding package. They will likely repeat in the next budget battle in the fall. The last shutdown took place January 20 to January 22.

The veto threat injected chaos into what appeared to be the end of a protracted struggle to settle on a funding plan for the federal government. They fought every single inch of the way.



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