Trump passes $1.3 trillion spending bill to avert shut down

Trump is about to hold a press conference announcing his decision on whether to veto the massive $1.3 trillion

Days before he signed the $1.3 trillion government spending bill on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly had a terse reply to White House aides who warned of the potential blowback if he failed to sign the bill. But he stressed that he did so reluctantly.

At about 11 o'clock Thursday, Paul tweeted a picture of himself holding the bill, which he said took over two hours to print, with the caption: " Well here it is, all 2,232 budget-busting pages.

"I will never sign another bill like this again", Trump vowed. Congress passed a short-lived Line Item Veto Act in 1996, giving then president Bill Clinton the power to scratch items from spending bills as a means to rein in fiscal excesses.

And a Republican Senate aide told THE WEEKLY STANDARD afterward that the filibuster "has nothing to do with this".

"There are a lot of things I'm unhappy about in this bill, there are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military", Trump said regarding the signing.

"We need to take care of our military", Trump said. But a tip from a White House official that came on the heel of the tweet offered assurances: "I think he (Trump) just want to add a little drama".

He singled out Republicans - who control the House, Senate and White House - for kicking the can down the road after eight years of preaching fiscal restraint during the Obama administration.

NAFCU urged Congress to fully fund the programs, which predominantly help credit unions serve low-income areas.

"Not happy with $1.6 billion, but it does start the wall and we'll make that $1.6 billion go very far", Trump said. We wanted to include DACA, we wanted to have them in this bill, 800,000 people and actually it could even be more. And the DACA program is expiring because Trump moved to end the Obama-era program past year.

The massive spending package marks the end of a months-long funding stalemate in which lawmakers were forced to pass one short-term spending bill after another to stave off a shutdown. We're very disappointed that in order to fund the military we had to give up things where we consider in many cases them to be bad or them to be a waste of money.

Luckily the rebellion was also quickly quelled by McConnell, and the Senate passed the bill in the early hours of Friday, leaving the president with nearly a full 24 hours to sign off on the bill. 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 aid to the Palestinian Authority until Palestinians cease making payments to the families of terrorists.

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