The massive government spending bill that averts another partial government shutdown is headed to President Trump's desk after passage by the Senate yesterday and House last night. The vote was 300-128. One-quarter of the federal government set to run out of money today. And when we say “massive,” we mean REALLY big – to the tune of $333-billion.
As for exactly what’s in it? Well, that’s up for debate considering that the text of the 1,159-page bill was released late Wednesday night. Either way, the President is expected to sign it in the Rose Garden today. Something else he’ll sign off on? Declaring an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirms Trump will take executive action to stop a "national security and humanitarian crisis at the border."
The idea? To divert Defense Department funds to build a massive border wall. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled support for the declaration, Dems are flaming – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing Trump of plotting an "end run" around Congress. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it a “tremendous mistake” and “a gross abuse of power.”