Trump Will Sign $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill Despite Veto Threat

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On Friday morning, he threatened to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill recently passed by lawmakers, which must be signed by midnight to keep the government open. The president himself complained about "waste" within the bill, but said it was the price he had to pay to get a massive boost in Pentagon spending and the beginnings of funding for a border wall.

Trump's veto threat put him at odds with top members of his administration and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had said publicly that Trump supported the bill. "I'm not going to do it". "It's only hours old. Some people don't even know what's in it", Trump said, referring to the 2,232-page bill that was released on Wednesday night and passed in the Senate on Thursday evening.

Friday on CNN, network senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju reacted to President Donald Trump's news conference announcing he would sign the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. "Is it exactly what we asked for in the budget? No".

He said the measure will keep the military funded and provide the largest pay increase for USA troops in over a decade.

He said the more than $60 billion increase in military spending will help build planes, ships, helicopters and other materials needed.

During his speech, Trump argued that Democrats have stood in the way of DACA recipients gaining permanent legal status, while casting Republicans as would-be saviors. Many conservatives protested at being railroaded into voting for a bill that they had not had time to read and that they described as fiscally and politically irresponsible. "We exposed it. It's an achievement", Trump said, even as he qualified that he has respect for some journalists. It does not address the DACA program, which provides protections for young undocumented immigrants. Senate Republicans made a last-ditch effort to tuck the insurance provisions into the bill, but Democrats refused to yield on abortion restrictions.

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Lawmakers on Friday criticized Trump, saying he'd be to blame for a government shutdown if he follows through on his veto threat.

The bill's $1.6bn for border security is not authorized to be used on the wall prototypes Trump recently viewed in California. "But we think that we got many of our priorities funded".

On his border wall, Trump said he was not happy he got only $1.6B, "but it does start the wall and we will make the $1.6B go very very far".

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also egged Trump on to a veto. 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.

Mr. Trump must sign the bill before midnight Friday, which is when current funding lapses.

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