Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill With No Clean Energy Cuts

Carla Harmon
March 26, 2018

And telegraphing the outcome, an internal television feed advertised its next program: "President Trump Participates in a Bill Signing". "There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military", Trump said.

Days before he signed the $1.3 trillion government spending bill on Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly had a terse reply to White House aides who warned of the potential blowback if he failed to sign the bill.

Trump lamented the "ridiculous situation that took place over the last week", pointing out that lawmakers had little time to read through the 2,232-page document, and grumbled about the high price tag, but cited few specific provisions he opposed.

"President Trump's comments fall short of honest and definitely do not reflect his actions", said Mireya Reith, the founding executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC). Several advisers inside and outside the White House said they suspected the tweet was just Trump blowing off steam.

"We looked at a veto, I looked very seriously at the veto".

Trump's veto threat had put him at odds with top members of his administration and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, who urged him to sign the bill.

September 13: Trump has dinner with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the White House, after which the two Democrats say they agreed in broad strokes to a DACA-border security deal that doesn't include Trump's wall.

"We wanted to include DACA", he said. "It's for everybody.' But we have tremendous opposition [from Democrats] to creating really what will be by-far the strongest military that we've ever had", Trump said.

"As insane as it's been, as hard as it's been, as much opposition to the military as we've had from the Democrats, and it has been tremendous- I tried to explain to them, 'you know, the military is for Republicans and Democrats and everybody else".

Trump also reminded DACA recipients that he would not abandon them, accusing the Democrats of refusing to make a deal. "We are going to keep going and we want them to show up and stand for us!" It also failed to resolve the stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation after Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a year ago. However, those who are eligible but were not enrolled in the program are not protected.

"But I want the Hispanic community to know, I want the DACA-recipients to know, that Republicans are much more on your side than the Democrats who are using you for their own purposes", said the Commander-in-Chief.

The spending bill even increased funding to certain renewable energy programs. Around 7,000 Indian Americans are also affected by the change in policy and there future is also uncertain.

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