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Trump signs spending bill, averting government shutdown

24 March 2018, 01:42 | Colleen Roy

Trump mulls veto of $1.3 trillion spending bill over lack of border wall, DACA

Trump bizarrely Twitter-threatens to veto spending bill his own budget director said he'd sign yesterday

Asked why he'd made the threat, Trump said he'd "looked very seriously at the veto", but "because of the incredible gains that we've been able to make for the military that overrode any of our thinking".

The US President also hesitated at the United States dollars 1.3 trillion price tag of the bill, saying "that the number is so large" and said "we had no choice but to fund our military".

"My highest duty is to keep America safe", he said. "We need to take care of our military ..."

"There are a lot of things I'm unhappy about in this bill".

Trump said his main criticism of the bill was it didn't mention Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which aims to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as kids. "I will never sign another bill like this again". "Nobody read it. It's only hours old", he said, with a copy of the 2,232-page spending bill piled on a desk next to him.

The announcement comes after Trump had lunch with Defense Secretary James Mattis who has been a strong proponent of the omnibus and its funding for the military - the largest increase in defense spending in 15 years.

On "The Daily Briefing", Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt said the budgeting process for the Trump administration and this Congress "stinks", and it has been a continuation of a decade-long trend in Washington, D.C.

President Trump vowed that he would keep pushing for the funding of an "anti-migration" border wall along the US-Mexico border. "The Republicans are with you", he said. The Democrats fought us every single inch of the way.

Also included is US$75 million this year to train teachers and school officials to respond to attacks, pay for metal detectors, and create anonymous systems for reporting possible threats. "They are using you", he added.

But Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, hit back. "DACA recipients have been treated extremely badly by the Democrats". Democrats had called on Republican leaders to bring to a vote on the House floor a range of proposals to fix DACA.

The veto tweet surprised Republican lawmakers, who thought they had secured President Trump's approval earlier this week and when the bill was passed at the House on Thursday and cleared by the Senate on Friday. Trump called for the Senate to remove its filibuster rule, to allow legislation to advance by a simple majority of 51 votes, and for Congress to give him a line-by-line veto of future budgets to prevent a repeat situation. The Senate passed it late Thursday, and most lawmakers had left Washington by Friday morning. Without new funding the federal government would have been partially shut down, a third such closure in months.

The bill provided $1.6 billion for border security and construction or fix of almost 100 miles (160 kilometers) of border fencing, but that was far less than Trump had been seeking.

He said in the tweet that young immigrants now protected in the USA 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".

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