Friday, 18 October, 2019

President Trump threatens to veto $1.3 trillion spending bill

Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 10:52

The House passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday to fund the government through September and avoid another government shutdown this weekend.

He said that young immigrants now protected in the US under Barack Obama's Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals "have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded". The bill now goes to President Trump's desk to be signed.

The 53-word warning contradicts assurances from high-ranking White House officials who just a day earlier had left no doubt Trump would sign the measure before the government funding deadline of Friday at midnight.

Aimed at keeping the government funded till October, the 2,232-page bill must be passed by congress and signed into law by Friday.

Trump backed the bill only reluctantly, and Republican lawmakers and aides acknowledged the deal involved trade-offs for Democratic votes that were needed despite the GOP majority lock on Congress. But in crafting a sweeping deal that busts budget caps, they've stirred conservative opposition and set the contours for the next funding fight ahead of the midterm elections.

Thursday's House vote was 256-167. Rand Paul live-tweeted while reading through almost 500 pages of the bill.

For the second time in the last seven months, US president Donald Trump has capitulated completely to the Washington swamp he vowed to drain as a candidate.

His tweet was cheered by the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which voted against the spending bill along with two dozen Republicans in the Senate.

But the plan was rejected by many Republicans who campaigned on spending restraints and balanced budgets. "But you just never know". It's also about $23.4 billion less than the White House wanted and doesn't clear the way for work on a more ambitious structure, like one of those prototypes now sitting in a lot near the border outside San Diego.

"I can't think of any legitimate reason to remove this language other than to protect members of Congress over taxpayers and congressional employees", Sen.

Sen. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also egged Trump on.

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Community members from central Minnesota are gathering for a "sibling march" as a part of the March for Our Lives movement. The march in D.C. officially gets underway at noon. "Enough is enough", said Demetri Hoth, a student from MSDHS.

"I agree @realDonaldTrump should veto this sad excuse for legislation because it's $1.3 trillion in spending that (almost) no one read", he tweeted.

But the real reason Trump is probably angry about the bill is that Democrats won out.

Wall: The bill has $1.57 billion for President Donald Trump to begin building his wall with Mexico and otherwise bolster border security.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the bill was not flawless, but "that's not how the process works".

"The threat of American military decline is now coming to an end", said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. Trump ended some of those payments as part of his effort to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, but Republicans have joined Democrats in trying to revive them.

The spending package includes $1.6 billion for President Trump's long-promised border wall with Mexico.

It also contains the Taylor Force Act, which would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until the government there ceases payments to families of terrorists. "You will certainly be electing to take loan from obedient taxpayers- several of which are immigrants- and also consider that cash to privately-run jails that will certainly earn a profit off of every single human being our federal government turn over to them for apprehension then expulsion", Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from IL, claimed in a declaration.

"Money well spent", he said.

An aide to a chief proponent, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the so-called Gateway project should still get more than half of the $900 million sought.

"We've worked to make sure not a dollar is wasted", House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said Wednesday night as he defended the massive bill before the House Rules Committee.

Contrary to the President's boasts, the Affordable Care Act - minus some federal cost-sharing and the individual insurance mandate - is poised to hobble on for the foreseeable future.

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