Congress passes omnibus spending bill; Trump agrees to sign after veto threat

Lucy Bush
March 24, 2018

The House has voted to advance a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package, overcoming objections from conservative Republicans.

Paul "live-tweeted" the bill on Wednesday and Thursday, critiquing the about 600 pages of the almost 2,200-page legislation. Unlike recent government shutdowns that stemmed from Congress' inability to pass spending bills, this one would be precipitated by the president alone.

Aside from giving their own institutions a bonus, the omnibus also gives away millions to prevent "elderly falls", promote breastfeeding, and fight "excessive alcohol use". "There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill".

"Therefore, as a matter of national security, I've signed this omnibus budget bill", Trump said.

Trump also has been at odds with Democrats in Congress over the fate of Dreamer immigrants - those brought to the United States illegally when they were children. With any 2,232-page bill, there are bound to be some things that I like; in fact, numerous policies in the omnibus are things that I have voted for in the past as stand-alone bills, and would vote for again in the future.

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Mentioning specific issues with the bill's contents, the letter notes that Planned Parenthood funding will continue: "The bill fully funds grants that will go to Planned Parenthood".

Political strategists say resolving DACA is crucial for members of both parties, especially as midterm elections draw near.

Trump said DACA was abandoned by the Democrats.

That proved hard for the president, and not only because of the dearth of wall funding.

But there are many fights to come, Holstein said: "The Trump administration will not stop its attacks on clean air and water safeguards and sound science - and still has many allies in Congress". Both requests would be major changes for Congress and have been successfully resisted in the past.

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White House legislative director Marc Short framed it as a compromise.

Republican lawmakers assailed Paul last month for his decision to push the vote into the early morning hours to protest what he said was excess spending, with Sen.

Establishment Republican leaders praised the legislation.

The measure includes almost $1.6 billion for border security - including new technology and repairs to existing barriers - but not Trump's wall, as he claimed on Twitter on Wednesday. If the bill doesn't get a stamp of approval from the Senate and a John Hancock from the president by midnight tomorrow, the government will shut down again. "I ran for office because I thought the Obama spending and trillion dollar annual deficits were a real problem for our country and now Republicans are doing the same thing".

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