Senate to send $1.1T spending bill to Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 0:07
On the defensive, Trump and his allies issued a flurry of contradictory statements ahead of key votes in Congress on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government at full speed through September.
It includes US$1.5 billion in funding for increased border security measures, but no money for one of Mr Trump's most repeated campaign pledges: construction of a border wall.
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.
Trump's tweet said the compromise had to be negotiated because Republicans don't have the 60 votes necessary in the chamber to pass their own plan.
"Here we saw Democrats and Republicans working together in the best traditions of the Senate, and the president disparages it in a way that's destructive", Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said. We. either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%.
President Donald Trump and his aides have sought to paint the deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown as a win for his fledgling administration, even as he publicly bemoaned the deal and called for a shutdown to fix the "mess" in Congress.
The two officials said Trump and Kelly had planned to address Democratic claims head on at the signing of the omnibus bill - particularly with regard to the border wall - but some of Trump's senior advisers outside the communications shop pushed for Mulvaney and Kelly to make the case Tuesday instead.
Lawmakers announced Sunday they had reached an agreement to avoid a shutdown until October 1 - a deal that does not include several provisions sought by Trump, including money for a border wall.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told reporters: "I just don't agree".
Numerous Republican moderates are opposing the GOP bill because they say it would treat people with pre-existing conditions unfairly.
Republicans' major victory in the measure is a boost to defense spending - a $25 billion increase for the US military over the 2016 level.
The House passed the bill Wednesday by a 309-118 margin, with four members abstaining.
Republicans have also hailed the $1.5 billion in funding for non-wall security efforts along the almost 3,218km border with Mexico.
Congressmen Fred Upton of MI and Billy Long of Missouri made their announcement to reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump Wednesday. But the call was beset by technical troubles, and Mr. Mulvaney was able to offer few assurances to temper Mr. Trump's threat of a shutdown, which could leave Republican House and Senate candidates vulnerable in 2018 races if a shutdown occurred.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure, which passed 79 to 18.
"Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida said Tuesday that leadership told the GOP caucus: "'We're nearly there.'" Webster said "that means they're not there.