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Trump: Republicans were 'forced' to increase spending

The Hill logo The Hill 2/9/2018 Jonathan Easley

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President Trump on Friday expressed displeasure with the government funding bill just moments after he signed it into law, ending a brief federal shutdown.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said Republicans were "forced" to increase spending because there are too many Democrats in Congress.

The president lauded the bill for the increase in military spending but said Republicans had to fill the bill with "waste" in order to get Democratic approval. Trump also noted that DACA provisions were not included in this bill and negotiations for the program will "start now!"

More than two-thirds of Republicans in the Senate voted for the spending package early Friday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held up the vote.

Paul railed against it on the Senate floor into the early hours of Friday, saying Republicans did not run for election promising to bust through budget caps and raise the debt ceiling.

House conservatives also rebelled against the bill but it still passed the House by a 240-186 margin early Friday.


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