"As a matter of national security I'll sign this omnibus budget bill", said the President, before issuing a stark warning to Congress.
Update: Trump signed the bill Friday afternoon after threatening to veto it. Politico reported on Thursday that the president was in favor of the bill, but on Friday he tweeted that he might veto it due to the fact that the bill did not include funding for a border wall.
In a statement, Kristen Brengel, vice president for government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association, praised the bill for providing funding "just as the National Park Service is preparing for another busy summer travel season". Battles over priorities in a huge government-wide spending bill are essentially settled, but lawmakers must still beat a midnight Friday deadline to avert yet another federal shutdown. 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. He called for Congress to give him the power of a line-item veto for spending bills and to kill the legislative filibuster in the Senate.
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This time, the Kentucky Republican is tweeting against a follow-up 2,232-page measure that details how agencies will spend $1.3 trillion this year.
In addition to Paul, Senate leaders had to fight another personnel fire behind the scenes, with Idaho Republican Jim Risch fuming over language that would rename the White Clouds Wilderness in his state for ex-governor Cecil Andrus, a Democrat.
Defense spending levels for this fiscal year ending September 30 were set at $700 billion, an increase of $61 billion over the 2017 cap. I'll never do it again.More news: Shooting At Maryland High School Injures 2 Students; Gunman Dead
South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, who has been critical of the process, voted for the bill, saying it has a substantial boost in military spending.
Trump said the budget also provided for the largest pay increases for military personnel in over a decade. Bipartisan talks that began a year ago were derailed in the past couple of weeks by a dispute over language related to abortion.
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