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Omnibus Bill Includes $4B in Defense Helicopter Procurement

Omnibus Bill Includes $4B in Defense Helicopter Procurement

The omnibus spending bill would turn that proposal on its head, increasing funds for a number of offices Trump proposed to cut. The press conference is expected to start at 1:00 PM ET.

She added that, after hearing initial criticisms of the bill, Trump called Republican leaders Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Drafted in the dark of night, more than 2,000 pages were given to legislators with less than a day to pilfer through the spending spree before voting on it. Describing the rushed manner in which the legislation was passed as "ridiculous", he said he will "never" sign a bill like this again.

White House legislative director Marc Short framed it as a compromise. What bang are we getting for this buck here? Although he ultimately put pen to paper, stating he only did so for reasons of "national security", he made sure everyone knew how unhappy he was in doing so. Now the Senate will have the luxury of dealing with the bill about 30 hours before appropriations run out and the government shuts down - if, of course, Rand Paul doesn't decide to filibuster it like he did a previous stopgap measure in February.

"Vote yes for our military".

"Would you vote for another Republican again?"

It was a sign of the entrenched GOP divisions that have made Ryan's job governing the majority hard.

Trump tweeted Friday morning that he was considering blocking the bill because of a lack of funding for the Mexican border wall and because 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigrants aren't even mentioned in the legislation.




Also missing from the package was a renewal of federal insurance subsidies to curb premium costs on the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

While many Republicans have chosen to ally themselves with RNC leadership, principled conservatives like Mr. Paul & Mr. Massie have taken note of the hypocritical message that finds Republicans, not Democrats, actively lobbying to raise budget spending.

President Trump did not change the game as promised, he is now playing the DC Game.

Still, Democrats were beyond pleased with the outcome.

Congress must pass the omnibus by midnight Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown.

"There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but were in a sense forced [to have] if we want to build our military".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said as the minority party in Congress, "We feel darn good".


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