Trump Doubles Down on Signing Budget Bill for 'National Security'

24 March, 2018, 14:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Trump threatens to veto spending bill

He allowed the vote to go forward after sharing on Twitter highlights from roughly a quarter of the 2,232-page bill, which includes all 12 of the regular appropriation bills for fiscal 2018 that runs through the end of September. The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about make a comeback _ and a brewing budget deal hastened the arrival. It is problematic voting on any legislation that I can not study first in its entirety, and to skim this bill would have been impossible, let alone read and internalize everything it does. But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again.

"Obviously he doesn't like this process - it's risky to put it up to the 11th hour like this", said Sen.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gets $1.6 billion, $75 million more than current spending.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) praised the $80 billion bump for the military, but said no spending bill this large is ideal. That would include Aguilar's own bipartisan legislation, which he co-sponsored with Texas Republican Will Hurd in January.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a news conference about the massive government spending bill moving through Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018.

But even that remained a hard sell.

A CSPAN video showed that nine Democrats and three Republicans had not voted when the gavel came down.

But because of the GOP defections, what is normally an easy vote for the GOP majority was a nailbiter. As such, Simpson appears likely to prevail in the renaming battle.

However, Trump doubled-down on his commitment to expanding funding for border security, telling reporters that he will work to secure as much money as possible for the border wall, where construction will begin as soon as next Monday. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus opposed the bill.

In addition to Paul, Senate leaders had to fight another personnel fire behind the scenes, with Idaho Republican Jim Risch fuming over language that would rename the White Clouds Wilderness in his state for ex-governor Cecil Andrus, a Democrat.

Left out of the spending plan, however, were fixes meant to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's exchanges.

The spending bill generally keeps funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels.

Still, Democrats were beyond pleased with the outcome.

Rule votes are tests of party discipline, with members of each party expected to support their leadership on the rule. "Really, should we be looking at 1,000 page bills with 24 hours to decide what's in them?"


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