Donald Trump signs $1.2 trillion bill, prevents government shutdown

United States President Donald Trump on May 06, 2017 signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill, preventing a shutdown of the government. The 1,665-page bill, which will fund the government through September 30. The bill increases funding for Pentagon, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), border security, NASA and medical research. On Tuesday, Trump called the bill a “clear win for the American people.

The bipartisan, nearly $1.2 trillion measure comes after weeks of negotiations. The deal puts an additional $15 billion toward Trump’s planned military buildup and $1.5 billion more for border security.

The deal lacks funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, and pointed out that it does not include much of the massive cuts to domestic programs that Trump wanted. Trump targeted Senate rules that require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster on spending bills, therefore requiring compromise between the majority and minority parties.

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