Senate sends $1.1 trillion spending bill to Trump


That budget will be the first originated from the Trump White House.

"We'll be back here with a stopgap (funding) measure and repeat this same crisis routine", predicted Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, the senior Democrat on the House Rules Committee. Regardless of what Trump proposes, if it involves a huge increase in spending (which is Trump's jam), Republicans won't be able to pick up enough Freedom Caucus members to get it across the finish line in the House.

They're insisting that it represents a win for the administration.

The plan would add billions for the Pentagon and border security but would not provide any money for Trump's promised border wall with Mexico.

"I think the president is frustrated with the fact that he negotiated in good faith with the Democrats and they went out to try and spike the football to make him look bad", the OMB chief told reporters.

The measure, however, withholds $2.5 billion of war-related funding until Mr. Trump submits his comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS to Congress, according to a summary prepared by Democrats.

Mulvaney said it was Democrats who wanted a shutdown. Leaving Washington whipsawed, Trump hours later praised the spending bill as a major accomplishment.

GRAHAM:.Democrats cleaned our clock.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also reacted to Trump's tweets saying "bipartisanship is best summed up by the Rolling Stones: You can't always get what you want".

Democrats, though, had made that case that the deal amounted to a victory for their priorities.

He's touting a "massive and badly needed" increase in military funding as well as additional money for border security.

"There is money in this deal to build several hundreds of millions of dollars of this to replace this", he said, pointing animatedly to images of a see-through steel wall.

Mulvaney said Democrats triggered Trump by taking a victory lap over the recently reached bipartisan spending deal just agreed to that funds the government through September, avoiding a government shutdown now.

In a hastily called conference call announced soon after the tweets, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney forcefully repeated the White House's arguments for why Republicans got a good deal.

The legislation adds $12.5bn in defense spending.

Democrats said Trump's shutdown suggestion sent the wrong message.

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Mulvaney say that he's "not anxious about September" right now. But the effort now faces new hurdles in the Senate, where the House bill will have difficulty gaining Republican support.

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But they remain short of votes.

Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that the most important win for Republicans was breaking loose from former Democratic President Barack Obama's edict that increases in defense spending be matched with equal hikes for nondefense programs. "We don't have the votes but we're nearly there".

The House is scheduled to vote on the bipartisan $1.1 trillion measure Wednesday afternoon. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!" Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expanded that move to secure approval of Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Senate leaders have already allowed the "nuclear option" to ease through judicial and executive-branch nominees with a simple majority of 51 votes.

Republicans were surprised by tweets from Trump on Tuesday that suggested he was initially unhappy with the measure and might provoke a government shutdown this fall in hopes of getting his way on the wall and other demands.

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