Senate sends $1.1T spending bill to Trump

Posted May 06, 2017

President Donald Trump has signed a $1.1Trln spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year and avoid a shutdown, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a briefing on Friday, APA reports quotin sputniknews.

Ahead of what is sure to be a divisive vote on repealing Obamacare, House members voted in a bipartisan manner on Wednesday to approve a USD1.0 trillion government spending bill.

The bill will now head to President Donald Trump for signing.

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the measure as bipartisan, and said the biggest gain for conservatives came as Democrats dropped longstanding demands to match Pentagon increases with equal hikes for nondefense programs. "Not one cent for President Trump's border wall and no poison pill riders that would have prevented so-called sanctuary cities from receiving federal grants, defunded Planned Parenthood, undermined the Affordable Care Act".

Negotiators on the bill dropped Trump's demands for a down payment on his oft-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, but his signature would buy five months of funding stability while lawmakers argue over the wall and over Trump's demands for a huge military buildup matched by cuts to popular domestic programs and foreign aid accounts.

The bill includes Dollars 15-billion increase in funding for the defence, and USD 1.5 billion for border security, but does not include funding for the construction of border wall with Mexico which Trump has required. The spending bill also contains $1.5 billion for border security. Mexican officials have rejected that notion.

Schumer said that if congressional leaders "work as well on the 2018 budget as we did on the 2017 budget, we will have a product we can be proud of with no worries about any kind of government shutdown". It reflects bipartisan culture among congressional appropriators, who long ago sorted out numerous spending fights Trump wants to renew this summer - over foreign aid, funding for the arts, Amtrak subsidies, grants to state and local governments, and development agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission. "The National Institutes of Health will get an additional $2 billion".

The White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen.

In other areas, retired union coal miners won a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more than 22,000 retirees.