Congress votes for spending bill without Trump energy cuts; Trump signs bill

Congress votes for spending bill without Trump energy cuts; Trump signs bill

Congress votes for spending bill without Trump energy cuts; Trump signs bill

President Trump signs the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.

"My highest duty is to keep America safe", he said at the White House.

The omnibus bill would increase domestic spending by $128 billion over the 2011 sequestration budget caps and increase military spending by $160 billion over the budget caps. But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again.

"You tell me who can read that quickly", Trump said, looking over at the stack of paperwork. "It's only hours old". "There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but were in a sense forced to if we want to build our military".

Trump also asked Congress to eliminate the Senate filibuster rule and to provide him with line-item veto authority for government spending bills.

Backers of the CLOUD Act, which would change the way the federal government deals with foreign law enforcement requests for user information held by USA tech companies, are excited that Congress has attached the bill to this week's must-pass spending bill. "It's not right, and it's very bad for our country", Trump added.

The president was flanked by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who pledge to spend the money wisely, as well as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior officials. "It's for everybody.' But we have tremendous opposition [from Democrats] to creating really what will be by-far the strongest military that we've ever had", Trump said.

Trump now feels differently about the 2,300 page bill, and he tweeted that his considered veto might happen because his Wall "is not fully funded", and he accused Democrats of "totally abandon [ing]" DACA recipients.

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