Government needs a good shutdown, tweets frustrated Trump

Trump says budget deal is a win
Government 'needs a good shutdown,' frustrated Trump tweets
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12 May, 2017

The Senate has passed the $1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running until September, with a vote of 79-18.

The 309-118 vote sends the bill to the Senate in time for them to act to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday. But Republican leaders and Trump himself also praised the stopgap measure as a major accomplishment and a sign of his masterful negotiating with Democrats. The positive framing comes as Democrats have tried to declare victory over obtaining $5 billion in domestic spending increases and blocking other measures, such as funding to begin construction of a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

The first dictates funding for the federal government for the rest of 2017, while the second is Trump's "America First" wish list for the 2018 budget.

The budget deal will not provide any money for the border wall President Donald Trump promised his supporters or deliver the funding cuts to sanctuary cities that Trump had threatened.

The two senior administration officials who spoke to CNN on Tuesday said Trump and Kelly had planned to address Democratic claims head on at the signing of the omnibus bill - particularly with regard to the border wall - but some of Trump's senior advisers outside the communications shop pushed for Mulvaney and Kelly to make the case Tuesday instead.

"Here we saw Democrats and Republicans working together in the best traditions of the Senate, and the president disparages it in a way that's destructive", Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said.

So Democrats are the only way in a Trump administration.

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Despite Trump's tweets suggesting he would be willing to let us government funding lapse later this year in an effort to pressure Democrats to agree to more of his budget priorities, top Republicans have touted this week's budget deal.

"One of his options was that we need to elect more Republicans in 2018 and I'm certainly for that", Blunt said. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!" he wrote on Twitter.

Mr Mulvaney, criticising Democrats for celebrating, said Mr Trump was "frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats and they went out and tried to spike the football to make him look bad".

Republicans say their greatest victory was securing the additional $15 billion in defense money from an off-budget war fund. John McCain, R-Ariz. "And many of us are going to be compelled to vote for it because we don't want to shut the government down".

"I think it's time now" for a healthcare vote, Trump told lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday. Trump is also encouraging congressional "Republicans" to do away with the filibuster - like they did in confirming his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court - in an effort to move his budget priorities and other agenda items through the Congress. Patty Murray, D-Wash. "Instead, this bill includes a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health", said a top Democratic negotiator, Sen.

The $1.5 billion increase in Homeland Security spending, pushing total spending for the department to more than $42 billion.


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