Jordan wary of $1T spending bill set for vote by Wednesday
- Author: Adam Floyd May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 0:06
Congressional Republicans and Democrats have forged a hard-won agreement on a huge one trillion dollar-plus (£800 billion) spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of the USA government through to September. However, Democratic leaders extracted many important concessions as well, including thwarting major cuts in social programs and medical research and temporarily blocking Trump's drive to build a border wall.
The full House of Representatives and Senate must still approve the bipartisan pact, which would be the first major legislation to clear Congress since Trump became president on January 20.
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.
"This is what winning looks like", Mr Trump said during a ceremony honouring the Air Force Academy football team.
"After years of partisan bickering and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the American people", he said.
Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi branded the deal "a defeat for President Trump".
Because of this political reality, many of Trump's wish-list items - funding for a US-Mexico border wall, defunding Planned Parenthood, and withholding funding from so-called sanctuary cities - were dropped from the spending agreement.
Republicans also want to move on to a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as an overhaul of the tax code.
Amid rumors of a disconnect between the president and GOP members of Congress, an agreement has been reached on a federal spending plan of more than $1 trillion, although that will cover only the next five months.
House and Senate appropriators worked into the night to draft the legislation for lawmakers to review.
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The spending deal also did not include $18 billion in cuts to federal agencies that the Trump administration had sought to offset the extra funding for the military.
The leaders in the Republican-controlled Congress will need support from Democrats in the Senate in order to pass the legislation.
"We couldn't be more pleased", Vice President Mike Pence said Monday on CBS, touting increases in military spending and a "down payment" on border security.
In an interview over the weekend, Trump said he has found that in Washington "things generally tend to go a little bit slower than you'd like them to go".
"President Trump may not like what he sees in this budget deal, but it's unsafe and irresponsible to respond by calling for a shutdown", said Sen.
"This is all coming due again in September, October, and we're going to have another round of discussions", he 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". McConnell said in April, "Who would be the biggest beneficiary of that right now?"
"Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida said Tuesday that leadership told the GOP caucus: "'We're nearly there.'" Webster said "that means they're not there.
Trump won only a small boost in funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the main agency in charge of deportations and immigration monitoring.
Under the final agreement, overall spending on labor, health, human services and education would be tightened, but it would include $2 billion above the fiscal 2016 levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $22 million more for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and $15 million for Job Corps., according to the House Appropriations Committee.