No shutdown: $1.1 trillion agreement shows Democrats' clout
- Author: Joey Payne May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 0:07
Erasing the threat of a disruptive government shutdown, the White House and top lawmakers endorsed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday to carry the nation through September, an agreement underscoring that Democrats retain considerable clout in Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.
President Trump didn't get the border wall or the budget cuts he wanted in a congressional spending deal that instead preserved funding for home heating aid, the Great Lakes, community development, medical research and a host of other programs important to the Buffalo area.
Spicer appeared to acknowledge that criticism, but defended the budget, claiming that even modest victories on defense and border security spending amounted to a White House win.
On Twitter, Trump explained why Republicans struck a deal with Democrats on a bill to keep the government funded until September 30.
Aides to politicians involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. There's no money for the wall on the U.S. -Mexico border that he's been calling for since his stint on the campaign trail, and stipulations about blocking new grant funding for sanctuary cities aren't included.
It also came at the start of a week in which the House is considering a possible vote on a health care overhaul that would repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
"The details of the current spending bill suggests that we're going to fund both of those priorities", Hurd said.
While Republicans do have majorities in both the House and Senate, their 52-seat Senate majority is too thin to break a filibuster unless eight Democrats side with the GOP. Trump on Tuesday threatened a shutdown beyond the September deadline, and Mulvaney said he had "no problem" with that scenario if it changes what he called "business as usual" in Congress.
"For the first time in the history of our republic, Republicans have routinely used the filibuster to prevent President Obama from appointing an executive team and from appointing judges", said then-Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
The measure funds the remainder of the 2017 budget year, through September 30, rejecting cuts to popular domestic programs targeted by Trump such as medical research, the Environmental Protection Agency, and infrastructure grants.
Leaders in the Republican-controlled Congress will need support from Democrats in order to pass the legislation. "The truth of the matter though is now we've averted a government shutdown in a way that allows the president to fund his priorities", Mulvaney said.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said: "What I'm hearing from a lot of my constituents is, 'We gave you the White House, we gave you the Senate, we gave you the House".
"I think it's great that the Democrats like the bill". The measure adds US$2 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health and, despite calls by social conservatives, maintains funding the women's health care provider Planned Parenthood.
In an interview with Bloomberg News on Monday, Trump indicated that he didn't want to see a shutdown - at least not this month. McConnell said in April, "Who would be the biggest beneficiary of that right now?"
Mr Trump made building the wall along the southern USA border with Mexico a core election pledge, insisting it would begin within his first 100 days, a milestone that came and went on Saturday. Trump won a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military, with $2.5 billion contingent on a new plan to defeat the Islamic State extremist group.
National polling from The Washington Post after government employees went back on the job showed that 81 per cent of Americans did not approve of the work stoppage.