Omnibus Spending Bill Also Contains Livestock "Fixes"

Sec. Perdue Releases Statement on Omnibus Spending Bill

After threatening to veto a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill before a midnight government shutdown deadline Friday morning, President Donald Trump ultimately signed the measure, citing national security concerns.

"The spending bill before Congress shows that our federal partners have heard the thousands of city leaders urging them to reject the severe budget cuts proposed by the administration and that were required under sequestration", said NLC President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through the end of September.

While the proposal fails to address DACA and the President's border wall, it does secure a pumped-up defense budget by more than $60 billion from the same period previous year.

Mentioning specific issues with the bill's contents, the letter notes that Planned Parenthood funding will continue: "The bill fully funds grants that will go to Planned Parenthood".

Trump said there was much waste included in the bill, but due to national security concerns, he would sign it in order to properly fund the military. It is problematic voting on any legislation that I can not study first in its entirety, and to skim this bill would have been impossible, let alone read and internalize everything it does.

The 2,300-page bill was comfortably passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday before passing the Senate in a whirlwind of activity that night.

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The White House acknowledged it did not fulfill all of its wishes, but said Trump was ready to sign on. All but one Democrat complied, which meant that the Speaker had to lean on Republicans to supply the critical margin (the rule was adopted by a spare 211-207 vote). "I have been in continuous discussions, shall I say, with several of our members who were legitimately unhappy".

For his part, President Trump appears poised to place his signature on the bill if it passes through the House and Senate.

Title I Funding - increases funding by $300 million to $15.8 billion.

Trump used the threat to draw attention to his displeasure about immigration issues, although he said the bill would boost funding to the military, one of his top priorities.

The spending bill generally keeps funding for environmental and energy programs at current levels.

Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gives work permits to the Dreamers and protects them from deportation.

The bill does include incremental steps to curb gun violence, including the so-called "Fix NICS" measure which would strengthen the background check system.

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