President Trump will sign the proposed Omnibus spending bill, White House officials verified on Thursday, even though the 2,232-page bill has yet to pass through Congress.
“Let’s cut right to the chase: Is the President going to sign the bill?” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a briefing. “The answer is yes.”
The budget director made a practical case for the Republican-led budget process, even though he admitted that it was not “perfect.”
“This is how it works,” he said, adding that because of the 60 vote threshold, Democrats could get their “pound of flesh” of funding priorities.
Mulvaney said the $1.3 trillion spending bill funded the president’s budget priorities including a big boost in defense spending, opioids, school safety, workforce development. Infrastructure.
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Jordan took issue mainly with the funding for Planned Parenthood, restrictions on guns and lack of border wall funding.
“The American people didn’t elect Democrats to control the United States Congress,” Jordan said. “They elected Republicans. I don’t think we told the voters when we were running for the job, and they gave us the privilege to come here and serve that continue to fund Planned Parenthood, and we were going to restrict Second Amendment liberties — let some bureaucrat take away Second Amendment rights and a court of law. I don’t think they said we were going to fund this gateway earmarked boondoggle project and not fund the border wall. The one thing we don’t fund is the one issue we all campaigned on a border security wall, and that is not in the legislation. So it can’t get any worse than this bill. We should stop. We should go back to the drawing board. If we have to do a short-term funding bill, do that. But go back and do something consistent with what the voters elected us to do.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi trumpeted her party’s successes in the negotiations over the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in a statement released late Wednesday.
While Democrats had not managed to secure a solution for the so-called “Dreamers” — a major demand of the progressive activist base of the party — she boasted that she had funded many Democratic spending priorities.
Crucially, she said, Democrats had prevented Trump from building his wall, restricting new spending on border security to secondary fencing.
Pelosi’s full statement follows:
“Democrats fought with great integrity, strength and unity to secure vital middle class priorities in the omnibus spending bill. We are grateful to Ranking Member Nita Lowey, our appropriators and staff for delivering progress on critical priorities, while successfully removing many dangerous poison pills.
“Thanks to the leadership of Democrats, the omnibus proposal contains bold investments in our veterans, the NIH, community health centers, and families fighting opioid addiction. These job-creating, life-saving investments stand in sharp contrast to the Trump Budget.
“Democrats won explicit language restricting border construction to the same see-through fencing that was already authorized under current law. The bill does not allow any increase in deportation officers or detention beds. We are disappointed that we did not reach agreement on Dreamer protections that were worthy of these patriotic young people. We will continue to ask the Speaker to give us a vote to protect Dreamers and honor our values.
“House Democratic Members will now assess the whole package and weigh its equities. Again, we thank our appropriators, their staff and the House and Senate Leadership staff for their commitment to getting the job done.”
Pelosi’s claims on the border wall contradict President Trump’s claim yesterday that Republicans had won “$1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming.”
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