President Trump threatens to veto $1.3 trillion spending bill

Winners and Losers in the $1.3 Trillion Spending Deal

Negotiators rejected Trump's plans to hire hundreds of new Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents, congressional aides said.

"My highest duty is to keep America safe", he explained.

The statement from the speaker's office said they had a conversation "about the wins delivered for the president" in the bill. "I've been working all day diligently through the bill and I'm up to page 600".

Manning urged the president to "insist Congress put 13 individual appropriations bills on his desk with the military funding first so we no longer have the extortion axe of not funding the military over the nation's head, or else veto it".

He has not said what action he will take on this spending bill, but he tweeted this morning: "It's a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni...wait, what?" From the gallery, he could be overheard telling McConnell, "I'm not going to consent to do anything". Rand Paul live-tweeted while reading through almost 500 pages of the bill.

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

It provides US$1.6 billion - far less than Trump wanted - for border security and construction or fix of almost 160km of border fencing and barriers, boosts infrastructure spending, and increases funds for student grants.

Congress may have finally figured out how to fund the government for more than a few weeks at a time: with a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill released this week.

Ira Mehlman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform says the GOP had everything they needed to secure the border, except for one thing: a spine.

On Wednesday, the White House signaled that Trump would sign the legislation if Congress sends it to him.

Several advisers inside and outside the White House said they suspected the tweet was just Trump blowing off steam.

Spotted in the West Wing on Friday by CNN shortly after Trump's tweet, Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, struck an assured tone when asked if the government would shut down over Trump's veto threat. "As the president noted, today we received the largest military budget in history, reversing many years of decline and unpredictable funding". Trump had threatened to veto the bill if that money was in it, but the deal "does include funding increases for other federal transportation accounts, including Amtrak, that will allow tunnel construction to begin", Politico reported.

He also vowed to keep pushing for funding of an anti-migration wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "I am just down the street and will bring you a pen", he tweeted.

"We don't have a stable, reliable partner with whom we can work in the White House", said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. "The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus".

Other components will be $10 billion in infrastructure spending for highways, airports and railroads and an increase of $2.8 billion to fund opioid addiction treatment, prevention and research, a congressional source said. It also includes policy changes like one that would incentivize states to enter more records into the country's gun background check system and another that would cut off aide to the Palestinian Authority until Palestinians cease making payments to the families of terrorists.

"It's clear that the president understands the bad bargain he was given, and the staff responsible for negotiating it should be fired because they failed".

"So many of our priorities for the middle class were included", Schumer said. But it approves only $1.6 billion for President Trump's border wall - only a fraction of the $25 billion the president requested.

In both cases, opposition was drawn from the ideological ends of the parties, with the most conservative Republicans and most liberal Democrats voting against the bill.

The Senate's Democratic leader, Charles Schumer of NY, touted key Democratic priorities and said the deal was the result of hard-fought negotiations.

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