Trump signs $1 trillion spending bill keeping government open through September


That rarely happens, leading to the sort of showdown that threatens, and occasionally causes, a government shutdown.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that President Donald Trump "is willing to think outside the box and do things differently" in order to change Washington, and that if there's a government shutdown, "so be it".

Congressional Republicans who were opposed to the bill said they were helpless as Senate rules would have forced them to gain Democrat votes to pass a measure.

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"No longer will the needs of our military be held hostage by the demands for more domestic spending", Ryan said.

The measure skirted through the House by a thin 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and 20 mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no. Trump had sought to reduce spending in some of those areas. "You have better health care than we do", Trump told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a NY meeting. "The National Institutes of Health will get an additional $2 billion".

The $1.16 trillion spending bill passed the House last week, also with broad bipartisan support, even though it ignores Trump's persistent promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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Trump pushed back Tuesday as the Democrats celebrated.

FILE - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, departs the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 3, 2017.

Democrats argued they won most of the battles surrounding the bill, and several media accounts have suggested Trump and the White House were losers in the negotiations. Mexican officials have rejected that notion. It reflects bipartisan culture among congressional appropriators, who long ago sorted out numerous spending fights Trump wants to renew this summer - over foreign aid, funding for the arts, Amtrak subsidies, grants to state and local governments, and development agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission. In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the House vote "an important step" to repealing Obama's law and said, "Congress will continue to act on legislation to provide more choices and freedom in health care decisions". Lawmakers also reached a deal to permanently fund health benefits for retired coal miners.

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