Republicans Passed $850-Billion Spending Bill to Avoid Funding the Border Wall

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su_note note_color=”#efe1a7″ text_color=”#00000″ radius=”5”]The Republicans in the House passed a $850-billion spending bill before the midterm elections that would fund the government until December 7th. This prevents President Trump from shutting down the government to pressure Congress to at least partially fund the border wall. Government funding runs out on Sunday. [The President can unilaterally fund the Wall without Congress on the basis of being the Commander in Chief of the military, which exists to defend the nation. Defense of the nation it the purpose of the wall.] -GEG

UPDATE:  Trump signed the Republican $855 billion spending bill to stop a government shut down. [/su_note]

The House passed a $850 billion spending bill that would fund the government until December 7, preventing President Donald Trump from potentially shutting down the government to force Congress to partially fund his promised border wall.

The House passed the spending bill, H.R. 6157, with a vote tally of 361 to 61. The spending bill funds several departments of the U.S. government and would fund the government through December 7.

Funding for the American government runs out on Sunday night and would avoid a government shutdown as long as the president signs the spending bill into law. The Senate passed its spending bill last week, sending the bill to the president’s desk to sign before government funding runs out on Sunday.

President Trump previously slammed the spending package because it did not include increased funding promised for the border wall and increased funding for border security. Republican leadership has lobbied President Trump to avoid a government shutdown because of the shutdown’s potential negative impact on the Republicans’ majority in the House.

Last week, President Trump called the bill “ridiculous” and called on Republicans to “GET TOUGH.”

Lame-duck Speaker Paul Ryan claimed Wednesday that Trump would sign the spending bill.

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UPDATE:

Trump signs spending bill to avoid government shutdown, despite frustrations over border wall funding

  • President Donald Trump signs a spending bill that will avert a government shutdown despite previously calling the measure “ridiculous” because it did not include funding for a wall along the southern border.
  • There had been some doubts about whether the president would sign the bill, raising the specter that funding for the government would lapse as early as Monday.
  • But Trump had tamped down on concerns from top Republicans in recent weeks, pledging that he would “keep the government open.”

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill that will avert a government shutdown despite previously calling the measure “ridiculous” because it did not include funding for a wall along the southern border.

There had been some doubts about whether the president would sign the bill, raising the specter that funding for the government would lapse as early as Monday. But Trump tamped down on concerns from top Republicans in recent weeks, pledging that he would “keep the government open.”

In a statement announcing that he signed the bill, the president said he “secured additional funding for border security” and claimed $1.6 billion would go toward building the border barrier. Trump also again made the unsubstantiated claim that Democrats “want drugs and crime to pour into our country.”

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