Trump threatens to veto newly passed spending bill

Trump threatens to veto newly passed spending bill

Trump threatens to veto newly passed spending bill

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.

The massive $1.3 trillion spending bill passed both chambers of Congress after lengthy negotiations between leaders of both parties.

The bill easily passed by the House Thursday.

Hours later, the president relented and signed the measure, just as his aides had promised all along.

But Trump's most conservative adherents took his threat seriously and were devastated he didn't follow through. 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. "I was thinking about doing the veto".

President Trump pointed out that "my highest duty is to keep America safe" and also that they authorized this "as a matter of national security".

"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.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday was even clearer. He called for Congress to give him the power of a line-item veto for spending bills and to kill the legislative filibuster in the Senate. Neither of those moves appears likely. Other presidents including Reagan and Clinton have sought this authority, but the Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional. Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell managed to talk him into it that afternoon.

Trump threatens to veto newly passed spending bill

The spending bill also included $1.6 billion for the start of construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border, a key Trump campaign promise.

"Is it flawless? No", Mulvaney added. Is it exactly what we asked for in the budget? No.

"We have tremendous opposition to creating really what will be by far the strongest military we've ever had", Trump said. "That's not how the process works".

"We chose to use our leverage to help this bill pass", Pelosi said. But in the immediate aftermath of another failed DACA deal, Grivalja and Aguilar worry most about the everyday lives of the families in their district, who make up the more than 700,000 DACA recipients across the country.

Trump has rejected proposed bipartisan DACA fixes that would swap a permanent fix for money to build a border wall.

Both Indiana senators Joe Donnelly (D) and Todd Young (R) voted in favor of the bill. Ultimately, he said he was compelled to sign "as a matter of National Security". In all, 90 House Republicans, including many from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, voted against the bill, as did two dozen Republicans in the Senate.

Several advisers inside and outside the White House had characterized the tweet as Trump blowing off steam. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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