House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

Posted May 07, 2017

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a $1.1 trillion government funding bill that keep agencies operating through the end of September.

House lawmakers approved the comprehensive measure in a 309-118 vote, with the Senate expected to vote by Friday to avert a government shutdown on Saturday.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would debate the bill this week, and that most Republicans did not favour a change in the rules to make it easier to pass legislation without Democratic support.

"After years of partisan bickering and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the American people,"Trump said".

Irked by Democrats such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer highlighting what they deemed victories in the spending bill, Trump lashed out in tweets Tuesday morning.

The sweeping, 1,665-page bill also increases spending for NASA, medical research, and the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies.

The first dictates funding for the federal government for the rest of 2017, while the second is Trump's "America First" wish list for the 2018 budget.

As soon as this spending measure is law, lawmakers and Trump must already begin looking forward to the next deadline on October 1.

In his tweet, Trump appeared to suggest that he would rather face a "shutdown" than compromise with the Democrats.

The almost $1.2 trillion federal spending deal included many items that Trump and his administration previously avowed would never happen, including increased funding for sanctuary cities, Planned Parenthood and science resources. Pat Leahy of Vermont, who called the bill "a good deal for the American people". Increased military spending is not necessary for a nation that spends more on defense than the next seven nations combined, but it was central to the platform that got Trump elected. The White House previously signaled a looming crackdown on recreational pot use.

When the health bill does come to a vote Thursday it will be without an updated analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office about its cost and affect, a point Democrats complained about bitterly.

Neither is true. Congressional Republicans and Democrats had been laying the groundwork, fairly collegially, for a funding bill for some time - before Trump made a decision to weigh in.

"Today we're here announcing that with this addition that we brought to the president, and sold him on in over an hour meeting in here with him, that we're both yesses on the bill", Long told reporters at the White House.

"Is there any member of the United States Senate that has read this?" asked Sen.

Meanwhile, retired union coal miners won a $1.3 billion provision to preserve health benefits for more than 22,000 retirees. After all, he's on the verge of signing a government funding bill that's more in line with Democratic priorities than his own.

"'We need you, we need you, we need you, '" Long described as the message from a president eager for a victory. The response, in a word, is heartening. And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community.

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