President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE on Friday threatened to veto a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, raising the prospect of a government shutdown.
The president vented his frustration that the measure does not include enough funding for his long-promised border wall between the U.S. and Mexico or protections for young immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“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.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
Talking heads on one of Trump’s favorite television programs, “Fox and Friends,” trashed the proposal on Friday morning.
“Let’s cut right to the chase. Is the president going to sign the bill? The answer is yes,” White House budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling House easily passes .3 trillion spending bill MORE said Thursday.
If Trump instead vetoes the measure, it would trigger a government shutdown beginning Saturday.
Members of the House and Senate have already begun to leave Washington ahead of a two-week holiday recess and are not prepared to quickly pass a stopgap spending measure.
The Senate sent the bill to Trump’s desk early Friday morning on a bipartisan, 65-32 vote hours after the House approved the measure. The bill would fund the government through the end of September.
Sixty-five of 97 senators voted early Friday morning to approve the omnibus, giving it two-thirds support in the upper chamber and enough to override a Trump veto.
The spending package, however, would face an uphill path getting two-thirds support in the House, where Trump’s support among Republican lawmakers is more solid.
The House approved the measure Thursday with 256 out of 423 votes, or roughly three-fifths support — well short of the two-thirds threshold.
Trump had dragged his feet in supporting the proposal, even though members of his own staff had participated in the negotiations on Capitol Hill.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Republicans grumble about the ‘worst process ever’ Winners and losers from the .3T omnibus Collins: McConnell has ‘kept his commitment’ on ObamaCare fix MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday made a last-minute trip to the White House, meeting with Trump for 45 minutes to persuade the president to sign the measure.
Ryan declared victory on Thursday, telling reporters “the president supports this bill, there’s no two ways about it.”
A spokeswoman for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s veto threat.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the leader did not have a statement to issue at press time.
“One of two things will happen. He either signs the bill by the end of the day, or he ends up signing a bill he likes even less after Republicans have to renegotiate with Democrats to get out of a shutdown,” the source said of the options facing Trump.
Some Republicans, however, are egging the president on.
Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump Senate bracing for possible long weekend Overnight Defense: Trump replaces McMaster with Bolton | .3T omnibus awaits Senate vote | Bill gives Pentagon flexibility on spending | State approves B arms sale to Saudis MORE (R-Tenn.) on Friday morning urged Trump to veto the measure.
“Please do, Mr. President,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible.”
A shutdown would wreak havoc with the congressional schedule , as many lawmakers have planned official trips for the two-week Easter recess.
Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOnce on chopping block, Trump’s budget puts development finance in overdrive Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn’t ‘right’ for space corps Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success MORE (D-Del.) is leading a congressional delegation trip to Africa, for example. And many lawmakers are in Rochester, N.Y., for the funeral of Rep. Louise SlaughterDorothy (Louise) Louise SlaughterHouse Republicans grumble about the ‘worst process ever’ House easily passes .3 trillion spending bill House poised to vote on .3T spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.).
Trump may be trying to highlight his reluctance to sign the bill given opposition from conservatives, who have cast it as wasteful spending. He also could be trying to skirt blame for the inability to reach a deal to protect DACA recipients, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The president floated a plan that would offer them a pathway to citizenship in exchange for funding for his border wall and changes to the legal immigration system.
But Congress rejected that proposal, instead giving Trump a fraction of the money he requested for border barriers.
“DACA was abandoned by the Democrats. Very unfair to them! Would have been tied to desperately needed Wall,” Trump tweeted minutes before his veto threat.
Updated at 10:04 a.m.
Max Greenwood contributed to this story.