Trump threatens to reject $1.3t omnibus bill

FE Online Desk | Published: March 23, 2018 20:46:49 | Updated: March 24, 2018 14:36:43

US President Donald Trump is threatening to veto the omnibus spending bill the Senate passed overnight,  despite indicating support for it in the last two days.

Trump on Friday threatened to veto the $1.3 trillion bill saying it does not protect dreamers or fully fund his border wall, report agencies.

"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," Trump tweeted Friday morning.

"The BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded", he added.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in a swift reply encouraged Trump to veto the spending bill, saying “please do.”

"I am just down the street and will bring you a pen," Corker wrote. "The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible."

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also reacted to Trump's tweet, going as far as to call the omnibus bill a "sad excuse for legislation."

"I agree @realDonaldTrump should veto this sad excuse for legislation because," he tweeted, adding, "it’s $1.3 trillion in spending that (almost) no one read."

The Senate voted 65 to 32 to pass the spending package, averting another government shutdown. The House approved its version Thursday in a 256 to 167 vote.



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