Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump drops $1.3tn budget veto threat but vows: 'Never again'

Trump drops $1.3tn budget veto threat but vows: 'Never again'

Though expressing reluctance, US President Donald Trump on Friday did sign a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that "nobody read", despite previous threats of a veto.

Early this week, the White House said that the president would sign the bill.

"My highest duty is to keep America safe", he said. They want to get your situation taken care of.

The president warned that he would never sign a bill like this again - and that could be unintentionally true.

Further highlighting how eager lawmakers were to claim victories, the House approved the 2,232-page package - which stood around a foot tall on some legislators' desks - less than 17 hours after negotiators released it publicly.

In his remarks, the president said there is a lot to be unhappy about and vowed to "never sign another bill like this again" but cast his final decision in terms of homeland security. "Nobody read it. It's only hours old". The bill includes $1.6 billion for six month's of work on the project but he had sought $25 billion for it.

"Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming".

While Trump has repeatedly criticized Democrats over DACA, he cancelled the program last fall, ending the issuance of new DACA permits.

Rep Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, accused Trump of making a "loser's bluff". "The Republicans are with you", he said. "The Democrats just fought every single inch of the way". But it is not clear they can be used elsewhere, because of restrictions in the bill.

"But I want the Hispanic community to know, I want the DACA-recipients to know, that Republicans are much more on your side than the Democrats who are using you for their own purposes", said the Commander-in-Chief.

But Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, hit back. "Everyone knows you're the reason DACA recipients are abandoned".

The legislation funds the federal government for the remainder of the 2018 budget year, through Septembr 30, directing US$700 billion toward the military and US$591 billion to domestic agencies.

CHANG: So now the president is calling on Congress to give him a line-item veto in the future so he can strike out individual parts of future spending bills. The Senate passed it late Thursday, and most lawmakers had left Washington by Friday morning.

Instead, in his veto threat, Trump proposed something that conservative hard-liners have largely rejected in recent months - trading DACA protections for border wall money. Trump also complained the bill does not fully fund "the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense".

Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves.3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for European Union, six countries MORE reportedly used a vulgar remark while dismissing his advisers' warnings against vetoing the massive spending bill this week. Trump has ended DACA, which temporarily lets some young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children stay in the U.S.

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