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Trump: Republicans were ‘forced’ to increase spending

Trump: Republicans were ‘forced’ to increase spending
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President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE on Friday expressed displeasure with the government funding bill just moments after he signed it into law, ending a brief federal shutdown.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said Republicans were “forced” to increase spending because there are too many Democrats in Congress.

 

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The president lauded the bill for the increase in military spending but said Republicans had to fill the bill with “waste” in order to get Democratic approval. Trump also noted that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provisions were not included in the bill and said negotiations for the program will "start now!"

 

More than two-thirds of Republicans in the Senate voted for the spending package early Friday morning after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.) held up the vote.

Paul railed against it on the Senate floor into the early hours of Friday morning, saying Republicans did not run for election promising to bust through budget caps and raise the debt ceiling.

House conservatives also rebelled against the bill, but it still passed the House by a 240-186 margin early Friday morning.