House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said the conservative faction of House Republicans fully supports President Donald Trump killing the spending bill, claiming it is time to “negotiate a better deal for the forgotten men and women in America.”
The @freedomcaucus would fully support you in this move, Mr. President. Let’s pass a short term CR while you negotiate a better deal for the forgotten men and women of America. https://t.co/Dj05V8hevl
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 23, 2018
Trump tweeted Friday morning that he is considering vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress passed early Friday morning.
“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,” the president tweeted Friday.
Meadows and 24 other conservative GOP House members voted against a procedural motion Wednesday to bring the spending bill to the floor for a vote.
“This is wrong. This is not the limited-government conservatism our voters demand. Our constituents — our employers — deserve better,” Meadows said in a statement Wednesday. “Members of the Freedom Caucus chose to vote no, because this omnibus doesn’t just forget the promises we made to voters — it flatly rejects them.”
Trump, along with Meadows, is upset that Republican leadership were only able to get him just over one-twenty-fifth of what he wanted for the construction of his long-promised border wall.
Lawmakers offered $1.57 billion for the construction of physical barriers along the southern U.S.-Mexico border. That funding would include only $641 million for 33 miles of new border wall security — under half of what the president asked Congress for previously. In total, Congress is providing grossly under the $25 billion the White House asked for construction of a border wall and enhanced border security.
House lawmakers passed the omnibus 256 – 167 Wednesday afternoon, sending the bill to the upper chamber with roughly 24 hours before an impending government shut down. Senators passed the bill early Friday morning 65 – 32, with 24 Republican senators, led by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, voting against the spending measure.
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