Donald Trump ran for president as the wall builder saying that he would erect a barrier to stop illegals from constantly flooding across our border, but once again the weak-spinned Republicans have sent him a budget bill with no funding for the wall in it.
As he does, Trump jumped to Twitter to express his position on things, saying, “I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!”
I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2018
As The Washington Times reported:
On Wednesday, the Senate passed a $850 billion spending package. A majority of the money — $647 billion — went to the Pentagon, which would include funds for a pay raise for troops.
Three other federal departments were funded by the bill. The Department of Health and Human Services received $90 billion of funding, the Education Department was given approximately $71 billion, and the Department of Labor got around $12 billion.
Congress funded Mr. Trump’s border wall and security measures with their July bill, including $5 billion in funding from the House.
At the beginning of September, Mr. Trump once again floated threats of shutting down the government if Democrats worked to prevent Congress from spending more on border security.
The GOP was cagy with this bill. With the big budget for the military included, if Trump vetoes the bill because it lacks wall funding, they will say (and so will the Democrats) that he is “shutting down the military.”
But, the president may be between a rock and a hard place on this budget. If you’ll remember, back in March he said he would never sign another budget bill unless it suited his desires.
Trump said that he wants a line-item veto and an end to the filibuster.
As Breitbart News reported in March:
During a news conference at the White House on Friday, President Trump announced he will sign the omnibus bill, but won’t sign another bill like it again and called for Congress to give him a line-item veto and for the Senate to end the filibuster.
Trump began the presser by saying, “[W]e’re going to get on to this ridiculous situation that took place over the last week.”
He later stated, “[A]s a matter of national security, I’ve signed this omnibus budget bill. There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced, if we want to build our military, we were forced to have. There are some things that we should have in the bill. But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. … But in this case, it became so big because we need to take care of our military, and because the Democrats, who don’t believe in that, added things that they wanted in order to get their votes. We have to get rid of the filibuster rule. … I’m calling on Congress to give me a line-item veto for all government spending bills.”
But does he get all that in the newest budget? It doesn’t look like it.
So, will he go back to his qualms from March, or just quietly swallow his complaints and sign it, anyway?
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