Trump signs $1trn spending bill to keep USA government open until September
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 19:14
The US government will continue normal operations through September 30 after President Donald Trump signed spending legislation Friday for the remainder of the budget year.
The legislation passed through the House on Wednesday and it will now head to President Trump's desk in time to avoid a midnight Friday shutdown deadline.
The funding bill may not be quite what he and his administration had hoped for though, with no spending allocated to his promised border wall despite threats that it would be included.
The largely bipartisan, 309-118 vote will provide funding for the remainder of the fiscal year, which runs through the end of September.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the signing of the legislation, which Congress passed overwhelmingly.
Democrats also praised the measure as an example of bipartisan cooperation in the handling of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the federal government.
On Tuesday, Trump called the bill a "clear win for the American people", while Ryan said "this is what winning looks like". "Instead, this bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health", said a top Democratic negotiator, Sen.
"While I am pleased to see increased funding for our men and women in uniform and their critical missions across the globe, this bill fails in a number of ways, including by continuing to fund sanctuary cities, Planned Parenthood, and Obamacare", Cruz said. He targeted Senate rules that require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster on spending bills, therefore requiring compromise between the majority and minority parties.
The spending measure also contains almost $5 billion domestic spending increases, including $295 million to help Puerto Rico continue making payments to Medicaid, $61 million to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for the cost of protecting President Donald Trump when he travels to his residences in Florida and NY, major priorities for Democrats.