Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising specter of another shutdown

Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising specter of another shutdown

Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising specter of another shutdown

"Now the President threatens to abandon $700 billion for the troops, and health care for 7 million veterans, for his misbegotten border wall that he said Mexico would pay for". "I can't sit here and tell you and your viewers that we love everything in the bill", he said on Fox.

Trump also sought line-item veto authority for spending bills. David Perdue, R-Ga., who opposed the bill and speaks regularly to Trump. The episode further eroded the already damaged credibility of both the president and a White House staff that had assured the nation he was onboard.

With a shutdown looming this weekend, Republican leaders unveiled the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion spending bill Wednesday, hoping to jam it through Congress at breakneck speed.

Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising specter of another shutdown
Trump threatens to veto spending bill, raising specter of another shutdown

At the event that was televised live from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, the Republican president blamed Democrats for the lack of protections for DACA recipients in the bill. He did so after briefing reporters in a long-winded lecture about how unhappy he was with the legislation, and he insisted that he'd never sign a bill like this again.

"The spending bill the president is going to sign tomorrow [Friday] will provide an additional $1 billion in state grants to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services for families that are caught up in the web of addiction", Mr. Pence said. The bill would give DACA recipients a path to citizenship and give the Department of Homeland Security "operational control" of the southern border by the end of 2020 through "physical barriers" and other means.

He also called on Congress to get rid of the filibuster and "go to 51 votes in the Senate" in order to have "success" in Congress.

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Additionally, the bill does not include a codification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program - a program that protects 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who came to the USA as children from being deported. Several advisers inside and outside the White House said they suspected the tweet was just Trump blowing off steam.

Spotted in the West Wing on Friday by CNN shortly after Trump's tweet, Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, struck an assured tone when asked if the government would shut down over Trump's veto threat. "But we think that we got many of our priorities funded".

The veto threat pushed to the forefront concerns over Trump and his staffers' eroding credibility.

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Meanwhile, fiscal conservatives like Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) lambasted Republican lawmakers for overspending in the proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, arguing that border security is "the one thing" that the legislation does not fund.

But the plan was rejected by many Republicans who campaigned on spending restraints and balanced budgets.

Still, Democrats were beyond pleased with the outcome. He added, "We produced a darn good bill".

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