US Congress approves $1.3-trillion spending bill, sends to Donald Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 24, 2018,
Mar 24, 2018, 14:40
"Is it ideal? No". Is it exactly what we asked for in the budget? "It became so big because we needed to take care of our military, and because Democrats who don't believe in that, and added things to get their votes".
The time for the Senate vote is tight.
The Us senate passed the expense after a speedy day where at the very least 2 Republican legislators stood up the legal procedure and also made it show up vague whether the expense can pass ahead of the due date. That broke GOP rules that required three days' time between a bill's introduction and a vote. "Presume it's the latter", one said.
"It's most like a "Saturday Night Live" skit", said Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican. "I'm not going to do it again". Risch told a reporter he'd worked well with Andrus, who subsequently rebutted that.
Establishment Republican leaders praised the legislation. We wanted to have them in this bill.
The Pentagon gets about $700 billion in the bill.
The appropriations bill followed a February deal in which leaders agreed to add tens of billions of dollars to military and non-military spending over the next two years. That created a media firestorm quenched only during an afternoon press conference at which he said he would sign it - reluctantly.
"The House just voted to rebuild our military, secure our borders and give our service members their largest pay raise in eight years", House Speaker Paul Ryan said following the vote. "It's been a lengthy procedure so they might not, yet I assume it's bad for the American taxpayer, and also it's not constant with- whatsoever near constant with just what we stated we would certainly do when they chose us in 2016", stated Jim Jordan, a participant of your house Liberty Caucus. "And it is a promise that we are keeping today, and we're pleased to do so".
But significantly higher non-defense spending put conservatives on edge.
"It's a amusing thing", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. More than 14 months after assuming the presidency, by all signs he wants to remain one, a hard task for the head of a government, much less someone being counted on to lead his party in the November election.
Trump only reluctantly backed the bill he would have to sign, according to Republican lawmakers and aides, who acknowledged the deal involved necessary trade-offs for the Democratic votes that were needed for passage despite their majority lock on Congress. "Our constituents - our employers - deserve better", said Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican and chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
The spending package includes $1.6 billion for Trump's long-promised border wall with Mexico. It turns the Gateway decision over to the Trump administration. Trump ended the program in September but gave Congress a March 5 deadline to pass a law codifying protections for DACA recipients.
The bill is expected to be among the final major pieces of legislation to pass Congress before the fall's midterm elections, so many lawmakers were hoping to get wording related to their key issues into the plan seen as the metaphorical last train leaving the station.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip, accused Democrats of mucking up the bill-writing process, but nonetheless called on the president to sign it. "T$3 he benefits of Omnibus to national security, border security, opioid crisis, infrastructure, school safety and fixing gun background check system are important and will save lives", he wrote in a Tweet Friday.
It also clarifies that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is permitted to study the causes of gun violence.
Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican, said, "We have an indefensible position as the Congress, but we also have a responsibility as the Congress, and the responsibility is not to shut the government down".