White House: Trump 'poised to sign' $1.4 trillion spending bill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE is expected to sign a massive spending bill brokered by Congress in time to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.

"The president is poised to sign it to keep the government open,” White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Memo: Economic disaster poses danger for Trump Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Overnight Health Care: Senate passes coronavirus aid bill, sending it to Trump | First lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus | Trump invokes defense law to boost response | Lawmakers push for surprise medical bill fix in package MORE told reporters Tuesday morning.

The $1.4 trillion spending package offers both Democrats and Republicans plenty to boast about. The House is expected to pass the bills on Tuesday, with a Senate vote later in the week.


Conway focused on the $1.375 billion that the legislation provides for border barriers, the same amount in last year’s bill. Similar restrictions on the specifications and locations of the barrier are also included in this year’s package.

The bill would not impose restrictions on Trump's use of emergency funding, which has recently been blocked by the courts, but it also would not backfill his military construction funds.

"A year after [Democrats] called it a manufactured crisis, the president is getting $1.375 billion for his wall, and they didn’t mess with his authorities at all," Conway said. "There’s a lot of good stuff in there."

Democrats have highlighted $25 million for gun violence research at federal agencies, a 3.1 percent pay raise for both the military and federal civilian employees and $425 million in election security grants.

Several other significant measure will pass with the spending packages, including a bill to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21, the elimination of several taxes associated with ObamaCare, retirement legislation and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

The higher spending levels have drawn scrutiny from hawks who raised concerns about the ballooning deficit, which is on pace to surpass $1 trillion this year for the first time since 2012.

Trump vowed after signing a $1.3 trillion omnibus in 2018 that he’d “never sign another bill like this again.”