A $1.1 trillion-dollar government spending bill is speeding for a Senate vote. President Trump originally criticized the bill for being too costly, but on Tuesday he flip-flopped and called it a “clear win” for America and its people.
Trump Praises Spending Bill
Congressional lawmakers are expected to vote on the massive spending bill on Wednesday. The measure is the result of weeks-long negotiations between the nation’s two leading parties. During those negotiations, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders successfully put on halt funding for Trump’s border wall, cuts to federal agencies, and fresh sanctions on sanctuary cities.
The White House, on the other hand, is pleased it has secured $15 billion for military spending and an additional $1.5 billion for the southern border’s security.
After years of partisan bickering and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the American people. This is what winning looks like,
the president said Tuesday.
Trump, however, was frustrated Tuesday that the media depicted the spending bill as a win for the Democratic party. He tweeted Senate rules should be changed to prevent Democrats from staging a filibuster whenever they want to block a Republican initiative.
He concluded the federal government needs “a good shutdown” to fix Capitol Hill. The billionaire predicted a shutdown for September when another mammoth government spending bill is expected to go for a vote. That bill will likely boost medical research, education, and law enforcement funding. But Democratic lawmakers will likely fight sacrificing foreign aid, federal grants, and the Environmental Protection Agency, as the GOP suggested.
Democrats Rejoice at Their Wins
The GOP will need the Dems’ vote to pass that measure too even though the party now controls both chambers and the presidency. This is why Democratic leaders like Pelosi and Schumer were able to negotiate a $104 billion for Democrat causes successfully.
Around $1.3 billion are now heading to efforts to maintain the health benefits of tens of thousands of retired coal miners. The measure was included in the bill despite House Speaker Paul Ryan’s opposition. Pelosi also convinced Republicans to approve a $295 million grant to help Puerto Rico cover its Medicaid expenditures.
Capitol Hill aides that saw the spending bill said that it was drafted as if it had been negotiated under the Obama administration except for Trump’s defense spending boost and border security spending.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told the press that Trump was likely upset that he “negotiated in good faith” all those measures with the Democrats who are now trying to make him look bad. When a reporter asked him about a government shutdown, he replied it might be ‘inevitable’ if the Democrats don’t behave any better.
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