Trump: 'I Am Considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill'

Susan Jones | March 23, 2018 | 9:15am EDT
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( - President Trump threw a curve ball to Congress on Friday morning, tweeting:  

"I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded."

In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "DACA was abandoned by the Democrats. Very unfair to them! Would have been tied to desperately needed Wall."

Less thann 24 hours earlier, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney spoke to reporters in the White House briefing room: "Let's cut right to the chase," Mulvaney said. "Is the president going to sign the bill? The answer is yes. Why? Because it funds his priorities.")

Government funding runs out tonight at midnight unless President Trump signs the omnibus or Congress passes a short-term continuing resolution by then.

The $1.3-trillion spending bill passed the Senate early Friday morning on a vote of 65-32, with three senators not voting.

25 Senate Republicans joined 39 Democrats and one independent in voting for the deficit-boosting measure.

But 23 Republicans, 8 Democrats and one liberal independent voted no. Some of the nine liberal senators voting no said they did so because the bill did not include a DACA deal.

And it should be noted that most of those 9 liberals are either up for re-election in November or are mulling a run for president in 2020.

They include Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Ed Markey (Mass.) Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Cory Booker (N.J), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).


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