Budget not a down-payment on new border wall

Democrats have cheered the wins they've scored in the measure, which excludes funding for Mr. Trump's border wall, continues funding for Planned Parenthood and protects most of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget.

House Republican leaders say they are close on garnering the votes to scrap major parts of Democrat Barack Obama's health care law but that they are still short of the votes.

In a hastily called conference call announced soon after the tweets, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney forcefully repeated the White House's arguments for why Republicans got a good deal.

The budget deal will not provide any money for Trump's promised border wall with Mexico or deliver the funding cuts to sanctuary cities that Trump had threatened.

Trump is likely to sign the bill before Friday deadline.

"They're rejoicing in the fact that that wall will be slower to be built and consequently our southwest border under less control than it could be", Kelly said.

Mulvaney said the Trump administration will use several hundred million dollars of a $1.5 billion border security spending increase approved in the soon-to-be-approved bipartisan budget deal to begin work on the wall.

The House will vote on the bill today (May 3) and it is expected to pass there and the Senate before being signed by the president this week. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

That contradicted Trump's message of less than a week ago. Meaning, for every dollar spent on defense, a dollar had to also go towards a Democratic issue.

"Threatening to shut down the government, on the heels of a successful, bipartisan agreement, is a sour and shameful note to kick off negotiations for FY 2018", Leahy said in a statement.

Trump's Tuesday tweets about Senate procedures came after Senate Republicans recently triggered the "nuclear option" to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The 309-118 vote on Wednesday now sends the legislation to the Senate, local media reports said. "They're archaic rules. And maybe at some point we're going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different. Not one", he said in April.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said "bipartisanship is best summed up by the Rolling Stones, 'you can't always get what you want'". "The President's priority was to secure the southern border and that's what this does", Mulvaney said.

Previous shutdowns have cost the USA economy tens of billions of dollars and seen federal services grind to a halt, as thousands of non-essential personnel are temporarily laid off. The 16-day partial shutdown in 2013 cost $24 billion, according to Moody's and Standard and Poor's.

  • Annette Adams