Congress Sends Spending Bill to President
Funding for border wall not included
A “minibus” bipartisan 2019 spending bill was passed by Congress and sent to President Trump’s desk on Thursday.
The House voted to pass a $747 billion measure to fund energy and water projects, military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative branch for the new fiscal year which begins on October 1. The Senate approved the bill in a 92-5 vote on Wednesday. There is no funding for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The defense spending bill was passed and signed into law in mid-August.
In the past, President Trump has given mixed signals on whether he would shut down the government if funding was not included for the wall on the border with Mexico. Most recently he indicated he didn’t want to do anything that would potentially hurt midterm election results.
The Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, said, “This is the first time in over a decade that Congress will be sending more than one appropriations bill to the president’s desk before September 30. We’ve done our best to repair this broken appropriations process.”
- For President Trump’s response to the spending bill that doesn’t include funding for the border wall.
That Congress would be able to address more issues in a bipartisan way, finding compromise when necessary.