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Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill hours after considering veto

Trump signs budget deal after raising government shutdown threat Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill hours after considering veto
Patty Aguilar | 24 March, 2018, 10:30

Just hours after threatening a veto, US President Donald Trump said on Friday afternoon (Saturday NZ Time) that he would sign the sweeping US$1.3 trillion (NZ$1.8 trillion) spending bill passed by Congress and avert a government shutdown.

An internal White House television feed is advertising the upcoming event: "President Trump Participates in a Bill Signing".

"My highest duty is to keep America safe, nothing more important".

Prior to Trump signing the bill, Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, told reporters he supported a pathway to citizenship for dreamers.

"I don't think what we did was the best thing we could have done", he added. His tweet was cheered by the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which voted against the spending bill along with two dozen Republicans in the Senate.

Days of conflicting and misleading statements from President Donald Trump and his top aides have fueled new questions about the White House's credibility, sowing mistrust and instability within the West Wing and leaving some congressional Republicans wondering if they have a good faith negotiating partner in the president.

"It's only hours old", Trump continued to complain.

Defense Secretary James Mattis also praised the increase in defense spending.

It was far short of the $25bn the White House had sought - and there are strings attached to the funding Congress has approved.

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was started by the previous Obama administration, which allows some individuals, under restrictive conditions, who entered the country as minors. "We need to be clear: Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to clean up a mess created by the administration's anti-immigrant agenda". "They are using you", he added.

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More importantly, with Paine playing sentinel at the other end , he'd dragged the deficit down to something manageable. Playing in his last worldwide series, Morne Morkel joined Steyn, Donald, Ntini and Pollock in the 300-wicket club.

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The retail chain said last week it plans to seel or close all 800 of its US stores., which would affect up to 33,000 employees. He'd also negotiated the support of major toy manufacturers that had promised to be part of the venture, Larian said.

But Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, hit back. And we wanted to include DACA in this bill.

According to The Hill, lawmakers voted 256-167 in favour of the bill.

The president's remarks on the bill included a call for the elimination of the filibuster in the Senate as well as a request for Congress to give him a "line-item veto" for all spending bills.

A presidential veto would likely result in a government shutdown when most federal funding authority expires at midnight Friday.

The bill's $1.6bn for border security is not authorized to be used on the wall prototypes Trump recently viewed in California.

Trump has rejected proposed bipartisan DACA fixes that would swap a permanent fix for money to build a border wall. Ever since canceling the program in September, Trump has repeatedly called for, then passed on, serious bipartisan deals to provide long-term protections for the 700,000 young people who've enrolled in the program.

Despite Democrats' efforts, the bill makes no mention of protections for these so-called Dreamers.

Later Friday morning, however, Trump surprised Democrats, Republicans, and some officials in the DHS when he threatened to veto the bill altogether on Twitter, citing the border wall and DACA negotiations. Very unfair to them!

CHANG: So Congress understandably was thrown off today by a tweet from President Trump. In the capital, the House had adjourned.

Sen. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also egged Trump on. "The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus". It's - I mean, isn't it usually done a lot earlier, threats like these? "He either signs the bill by the end of the day or he ends up signing a bill he likes even less after Republicans have to renegotiate with Democrats to get out of a shutdown". Ultimately, he said he was compelled to sign "as a matter of National Security".

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