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Politics: Annoyed Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill just hours after threatening to veto, says he’ll never do it again
PublishedBy: in Business Insider/Politics,E! NewsMarch 23, 2018

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President Donald Trump is set to make an annoucement about possibly vetoing the omnibus spending bill.

  • President Donald Trump signed the massive $1.3 trillion funding bill on Friday .
  • Trump threatened to veto the bill Friday morning in a tweet.
  • If Trump had vetoed the bill, the government would've shut down at midnight.

A visibly frustrated President Donald Trump signed the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill into law Friday despite a threat to veto the bill just hours before.

During a statement at the White House, Trump blasted the process that brought the bill to his desk, calling it a "ridiculous situation that took place over the last week."

"There are a lot of things that I am unhappy about in this bill, there are a lot of things we shouldn't have been in this bill," Trump said. "But I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I'm not going to do it again."

Trump, standing next to a copy of the 2,232-page bill, lambasted leaders for forcing the bill through in such a short amount of time. The bill was released on Wednesday night and passed on Thursday.

"Nobody read it, it's only hours old, some people don't even know what's in it," Trump said.

Trump stunned the political world when, on Twitter early Friday, he publicly mused about vetoing the legislation.On Thursday, his top advisers had said he planned to sign it.

The federal government would have almost certainly shut down at the midnight deadline if he had followed through on that threat.

Trump wants changes after his anger toward the bill burst into the open

In addition to attacking the current bill, Trump demanded Congress make additional changes to ensure that a similar bill doesn't make it to his desk in the future. Trump said he wants Congress eliminate legislative filibuster, a move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes, as well as give him the power to line-item veto spending bills.

A line-item veto would give Trump the ability to veto particular aspects of a bill without vetoing the whole piece of legislation. The Supreme Court found that a line-item veto is unconstitutional after Congress gave President Bill Clinton the power in 1996 — so it's likely Congress would need to amend the Constitution in such a scenario.

Trump threatened to veto the bill on Friday morning in a tweet, decrying the lack of funding for his promised wall along the US-Mexico border.

"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," Trump tweeted.

The omnibus bill includes $1.6 billion in new funding for border security, but only allows the funding to be used to build fencing similar to what exists on the border now. It wouldn't fund anything resembling Trump's envisioned 30-foot wall.

Additionally, the bill does not include a codification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, or DACA.

The program protects from deportation nearly 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the US as minors. Trump ended the program in September but gave Congress until March to pass a law codifying protections for DACA recipients. A federal judge recently blocked the Trump administration from ending the program, however, so the program has continued.

Talks over a deal fell apart Tuesday after the Trump administration only offered a three year extension of protections for the current DACA recipients, instead of a path to citizenship for the roughly 1.8 million people that qualify for the program. In exchange for the full DACA protections, Democrats were reportedly set to give Trump all $25 billion that the administration requested for the wall.

The threats also came after members of the president's administration praised the bipartisan omnibus bill, which provides funds for everything from the military to low-income housing projects.

"The president supports the bill, looks forward to signing it," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday.

"This omnibus bill, the priorities that are being funded here, are going on the heels of the president’s fiscal and economic accomplishments," Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, said Friday morning just minutes before Trump's tweet.

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