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President Trump Signs Omnibus Bill, Enrages Base

   3/24/2018

President Trump

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Despite earlier threats to veto the bill, President Trump, on Friday, has unenthusiastically signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. President Trump had posted on Twitter at an earlier time, “I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.” He signed the bill despite his concerns over the price tag and immigration issues, which includes the lack of funding for his border wall in exchange for a deal regarding dreamers, children of undocumented immigrants who are currently protected by DACA.

Complaining about the 2000 plus page bill, which Congress passed before most members even had the chance to read it, President Trump said, “They created a series of documents that nobody was able to read.” Regardless, he added that the omnibus bill was important because it increased defense spending by $60 billion over last year, including pay hikes for the troops.

Although President Trump warned that he would never again sign such a hastily prepared bill ever again, he also stated, “As a matter of national security I’ll sign this omnibus budget bill.” At an event in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House later on, he exclaimed, “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were, in a sense, forced [to] if we want to build our military, we were forced to have.” Despite his complaints, however, he thanked the Republican Congress for preparing the bill.

On Thursday, Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters that the bill “funds his (Trump’s) priorities. According to CNN, he said, “Let’s cut right to the chase: Is the president going to sign the bill? The answer is yes. Is it perfect? No. Is it exactly what we asked for in the budget? No. Were we ever going to get that? No. That is not how the process works.”

The Senate had narrowly passed the spending bill to avert a government shutdown. The bill increases military and domestic spending and strengthens background checks for gun purchasers. The House passed the bill a day earlier.

The bill also includes funding for Planned Parenthood, increases in entitlement spending, effective subsidies for sanctuary cities, and border wall funding for Jordan.

Many fiscal conservatives were enraged by the passing and signing of this bill such as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Fiscal conservatives worry that this perpetuates the debt crises that this country is in (currently over 21 trillion), and that it fully funds Democrat's key priorities as Chuck Schumer gleefully explained.

Many others in Trump's base of support were also quick to revolt upon learning about the bill passing.

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