Senate sends $1.1T spending bill to Trump

Washington D.C. [USA], May 06: U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a United States dollars one trillion spending bill to fund the government through the end of September.

In a vote of 79-18, the Senate approved the bill which increases defence spending while keeps some Democratic priorities in place, Xinhua news agency reported.

The green signal from Trump came ahead of a midnight Friday deadline for some government functions to begin shutting down.

The final legislation boosts USA military spending and provides increased funding for US border security, but it sidesteps numerous promises Trump and Republican lawmakers made. It reflects bipartisan culture among congressional appropriators, who long ago sorted out numerous spending fights Trump wants to renew this summer - over foreign aid, funding for the arts, Amtrak subsidies, grants to state and local governments, and development agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission. It took weeks of tough talk to reach the compromise, and both sides of the aisle have claimed victory over what's in the bill.

"On a bipartisan basis, we rejected President Trump's ill-considered proposal to slash domestic programs by $15 billion, including deep cuts for NIH and low-income energy assistance". He advocated in one tweet for a "good shutdown" in September to fix the "mess" that produced the bill, but then appeared in the White House Rose Garden hours later to boast that the measure amounted to a big win for him.

But Vice President Mike Pence assured Turnbull during a visit to Australia last month that the Trump administration will honor the deal, but "that doesn't mean we admire the agreement". House Democrats won funding to give the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico $295 million to ease its Medicaid burden.

Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor in Washington contributed to this report. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying.

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  • Larry Hoffman