Trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 0:03
With Democrats celebrating concessions they extracted in the spending Bill, Mr Trump used a Rose Garden ceremony honouring the Air Force Academy's football team to declare that he and Republicans had got more from the legislation than might appear. But a successful outcome would make good on the GOP's No. 1 goal of undoing Obama's signature legislative achievement, and provide a long-sought win for Trump, who has been in office more than 100 days without a significant congressional victory save Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice.
The bill adds 24,000 active duty and 12,000 reserve forces above what President Barack Obama requested past year, according to the White House.
As he announced the vote would go forward, McCarthy was asked if leaders were confident they had the votes and he replied: "Yes".
A pair of moderate Republicans who'd been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump's support for their proposal aimed at reviving the languishing measure.
Democrats stood firmly united against the health bill.
The upper chamber voted 79 to 18 to advance the $1.1 trillion bipartisan bill unveiled Monday after weeks of talks between both parties in Congress, as well as the White House. The first Republican attempt at legislation was Paul Ryan's American Health Care Act. The numbers for the spending bill were calculated by Quartz using the 2016 fiscal year enacted budget levels for discretionary spending cited in the House bill, which are closely aligned with the fiscal 2017 continuing resolution. After all, he's on the verge of signing a government funding bill that's more in line with Democratic priorities than his own. "I just think it's silly".
Under Obama's law, insurers must charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates. The AMA issued a statement saying Upton's changes "tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill - that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result".
Democrats said Republicans were rushing to pass the bill without waiting for the independent congressional budget office to assess the impact of the plan.
Trump was responding to a bipartisan agreement on a spending plan which will keep the government functioning through September.
Republicans were surprised by tweets from Trump on Tuesday that suggested he was initially unhappy with the measure and might provoke a government shutdown this fall in hopes of getting his way on the wall and other demands. Here's Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham on CNN.
While the White House is spinning the bill as a win, it actually passed with more support from Democrats than from Republicans. Capitol Hill Republicans joined Democrats in supporting increases for popular domestic programs such as medical research at the National Institutes of Health, with Sen. He's maintained the White House - which has proposed steep domestic cuts - should be marginalized.
But the signs of discontent were visible even from members of Trump's Cabinet. Upton said he believed the long-stalled measure was likely to pass, though it was unclear initially exactly how many votes the new revision would win over. A vote on that bill hasn't happened yet despite White House promises it would be any day now.