The United States Government is going to stay open for business. It seems that the Republican and Democratic lawmakers have come together and agreed upon a $1.07 trillion spending package that will fund the government through the end of September. That is a whole lot of money for a whole lot of actions. What is most notable about this spending package is what’s not in the budget: funding for a border wall or cuts to sanctuary cities. Both of these are foundational promises that President Trump has made.
The proposed legislation doesn’t include money for a wall, but it does include $1.5 billion for border security measures like more detention beds. It does include a $12.5 billion down payment on the president’s request to strengthen the military. This amount could be raised to $15 billion if Trump presents to Congress the proposed plan to fight the Islamic State terror groups; although this would just be one-half of Trump’s original $30 billion requests.
The legislative bill originally included $1.4 billion in taxpayer dollars for the border wall between the United States and Mexico. But recently, Trump relented on this and had said that funding for the wall can wait until after September. Omitting money for the wall has been praised by Democratic leadership. “The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle class relies on, like medical research, education, and infrastructure,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. This sentiment was reinforced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), “The omnibus does not fund President Trump’s immoral and unwise border wall or create a cruel new deportation force.” The White House also seems to have relented for the time being on taking away grants from sanctuary cities that refuse to share information regarding the immigration status of people within their region with federal authorities.
The House and the Senate have until 11:59 pm on Friday to approve the new bill to keep from having a government shutdown. If it passes, it will be the first major bipartisan legislation to advance since President Trump was elected. This legislation will most likely receive the Democratic votes that are needed for it to pass, but it is unclear how this bill will be received by the most conservative GOP leadership. If it passes, it will have been forged by hitting the lowest common denominator between the two rival parties.
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