Breaking: Trump Signs Bill Ending US Government Shutdown

 United States President Donald Trump on Friday signed the congressional deal to fund the government, ending a brief government shutdown that began at midnight.Trump took to his favourite platform – Twitter – to make the announcement shortly after the House delivered him the signed bill from Congress.

“Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” he tweeted.

The deal was passed by Congress despite opposition from Democrats, and sets the stage to boost federal spending for both defense and nondefense programs by $300 billion over the next two years.

The bill also includes a number of other priorities for both parties, including nearly $90 billion for disaster relief, $6 billion to address the opioid crisis, a four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and more than $7 billion for community health centers.

The deal, however, did not include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has been at the heart of the impasse.

In subsequent tweets after signing the bill, Trump rallied to his base again by framing the plan as an imperfect deal that could have been better if Congress had larger Republican majorities.

“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. Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!” Trump tweeted.

“Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond. This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes. Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now!”

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