Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill With No Clean Energy Cuts

Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill With No Clean Energy Cuts

Is the president going to sign the bill?

He also took a shot at Democrats in that tweet, saying "had to waste money on Dem giveaways", but didn't mention DACA.

Mr Trump used the threat to draw attention to his displeasure about immigration issues, although he said the bill would boost funding to the military, one of his top priorities.

Then, late yesterday, Trump announced via tweet that he was replacing his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, with former USA ambassador to the United Nations and more recently Fox News contributor John Bolton, who shortly after the announcement was interviewed on Fox. "The Democrats fought every single inch of the way".

Senate passage on Friday shortly after midnight averted a third federal shutdown this year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid. They did not want Daca in this bill ...

"By not including a permanent fix for Dreamers in the omnibus, the President and Republicans have prolonged this self-inflicted crisis and have left Dreamers in limbo and at the mercy of a temporary court injunction", U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, said in a statement.

The apparent early-morning reversal of his support provoked a fresh sense of chaos in the administration, with White House officials scrambling to assure that the president would indeed sign on. A faction of conservative Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus penned a letter to Trump earlier in the week lamenting, paradoxically, the bill's "record levels of wasteful spending" and its inadequate funding for border security.

Just a few hours later, Trump signed the measure. He wrote around 9 a.m. he was "considering" vetoing the omnibus bill passed overnight because it does not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which he himself targeted for expiration, nor fully fund his proposed southern border wall.

"We never thought the President would veto this horrendous piece of legislation", one senior Republican aide told TIME in an email.

"I think the stock market's going to be great".

"We have tremendous opposition to creating really what will be by far the strongest military we've ever had", Trump said. With Congress already out of town, the government would have shut down if Trump had not signed the bill Friday.

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.

The bill will also fund levee walls in the Rio Grande Valley to the tune of $445 million, according to Washington-based environmental group Earthjustice, and $196 million for bollard fencing in the same area. Along with the recent GOP tax cuts law, the bill that stood a foot tall at some lawmakers' desks ushers in the return of $1 trillion deficits. "Not exactly what we wanted where we wanted", budget director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday.

But he made a decision to sign the measure to secure an increase in military funding and $1.6 billion to begin construction of a wall on the nation's southern border with Mexico, Trump explained during remarks at the White House.

But they never said the president understood or agreed with that. And it was a monologue by Trump, not a news conference.

Oh, and one of the people rumored to be up for the job of V.A. secretary - if the president decides to make a change - is none other than Pete Hegseth, the Fox News personality who quite possibly prompted Trump's morning veto threat.

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