Trump Signs Spending Bill, Ending Brief Shutdown

The Reuters Graphic: North Korea stages show of force with new missiles during parade

North Korea stages show of force with new missiles during parade

He then tweeted: "Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military".

The shutdown, which started at midnight, was the second in 2018 under the Republican-controlled Congress and Trump, who played little role in attempts by party leaders earlier this week to head it off and end months of fiscal squabbling.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, introduced bills in their respective chambers to prevent federal money from being used to fund the demonstration of military strength proposed by the president. "We don't need to flex our muscles to showcase our military hardware", Cardin wrote in a letter to his Senate colleagues.

Earlier Friday morning, the White House told reporters that the President would sign the legislation, but did not provide guidance on exactly when that would be. First time this has happened in a long time. "There are options and we will explore those and the president will ultimately decide", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, adding that the U.S. Army was taking the lead in creating options for the event.

Trump tweets, "Just signed Bill".

The agreement is likely to be added to a stopgap spending bill that passed the House on Tuesday, aimed at averting a government shutdown Thursday at midnight. The Senate approved it earlier on Friday.

Paul voted for the deficit-financed tax bill in December. Rand Paul blocked plans for a quick Senate vote, blaming his fellow Republicans for being "complicit" in the looming return of trillion-dollar budget deficits.

The budget bill raises military and domestic spending by nearly Dollars 300 billion over the next two years.

The House voted 240 to 186 in support of a bipartisan package that extends government funding until March 23.

Further, infrastructure projects and programs to fight opioid abuse would also receive funding.

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