Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund government through September

The White House said the spending bill includes an additional $21 billion for the military, funds to "accelerate the President's campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as well as support ongoing efforts to rebuild and modernize the U.S. Armed Forces".

The bill must now be signed by Trump before midnight Friday to avoid a government shutdown, when the latest extension of the continuing resolution will expire.

The bill was approved months after the 1 October deadline to pass government funding for the fiscal year.

Though the vote was slim, it's considered a big victory for President Donald Trump who has repeatedly promised to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature legislation.

The ties between the USA and Australia were reinforced during the Battle of the Coral Sea, when both countries' warships and fighter planes battled the Japanese from May 4-8, 1942, forcing the Japanese navy to retreat for the first time in the war.

"We have a fantastic relationship, but I love Australia", said Trump after a brief meeting with Turnbull. The White House previously signaled a looming crackdown on recreational pot use.

Trump also objects to provision governing the transfer of prisoners held at a US facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

His visit was shorter than first expected so that he could commemorate the House vote with a Rose Garden news conference, the White House eager for the appearance of a victory after an uneven first 100 days in office. At one point, he pledged to "load it up with some bad dudes".

The bill also increases funding for NASA, medical research and federal law enforcement agencies. "Adding more runaway spending to be passed on to the next generation is not draining the swamp, it is a continuation of the status quo from the previous Administration".

Meanwhile, retired union coal miners won a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more than 22,000 retirees.

  • Leroy Wright