President Trump expressed frustration with the Republicans spending bill on Thursday because it did not include funding for the border wall.

Not only was there no funding the wall, the Republicans only passed a budget that keeps the government open until December 7th. This bill averts a September 30 government shutdown.

“I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms?” Trump said on Twitter.

The Senate voted Tuesday to pass an $854 billion spending bill to fund the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education. The bill now heads to the House for a vote.

The large $854 billion spending items in the bill include military pay raises as part of a $674.4 billion Defense appropriation, $3.8 billion to fight the opioid epidemic, $725 million for community block grants, and increases for Pell grants and the National Institute of Health.

Trump has said in the past that he would shut the government down if there is no border wall funding; however, he has been open to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan until after the midterm elections.

Trump continues to tell the Republicans to “get tough” with Democrats before the midterm elections in November.

This Congressional passage of agency-level spending bills is a deviation from the large spending packages that Congress approved in previous years that fund the entire government simultaneously.

 

 

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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