President Trump Signs Trillion Dollar Omnibus Spending Bill
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 24, 2018,
Mar 24, 2018, 14:09
The $1.3 trillion measure incorporates all twelve annual Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2018 (i.e., current year). Likening his House Republican colleagues to Democrats, Paul held back little in voicing his displeasure with the party line voting.
On "The Daily Briefing", Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt said the budgeting process for the Trump administration and this Congress "stinks", and it has been a continuation of a decade-long trend in Washington, D.C.
Although the bill covers the breadth of USA government activities, one interesting outcome of budget negotiations is that the spending bill reflects none of President Trump's most drastic proposed cuts to Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewable energy and early-stage energy programs.
"We thank House and Senate leaders for adopting a common-sense, consumer friendly approach to ensure that, no matter where consumers purchase their ticket, they are protected by the same standards of transparency and customer service", Calio added. "No one has read it. Congress is broken." he tweeted along with a photo of himself holding the entire printed omnibus. Now the Senate will have the luxury of dealing with the bill about 30 hours before appropriations run out and the government shuts down - if, of course, Rand Paul doesn't decide to filibuster it like he did a previous stopgap measure in February.
Legislative Director Marc Short piggybacked off of Mulvaney, suggesting that the White House was willing to take a hit on DACA and border wall provisions in order to keep the government afloat. "Only through a healthy investment in science can we develop more resilient food systems that protects the well-being of farmers and consumers".
"Would you vote for another Republican again?"
The measure includes almost $1.6 billion for border security - including new technology and repairs to existing barriers - but not Trump's wall, as he claimed on Twitter on Wednesday. Mr. Trump vowed to get more money for the wall and said Democrats had failed by not finding a permanent solution to deal with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for young undocumented immigrants.
The House easily approved the bipartisan bill Thursday and Senate passage was certain.
Left out of the spending plan, however, were fixes meant to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. Trump ended some of those payments as part of his effort to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, but Republicans have joined Democrats in trying to revive them. "Really, should we be looking at 1,000 page bills with 24 hours to decide what's in them?"