Just as the Pentagon’s plan for next season appeared settled, a series of morning hours tweets from President Donald Trump raised the opportunity of issues with the congressional appropriations process in times to come.
Trump, who has repeatedly complained that Democrats are undermining national security by blocking funding to construct a wall over the southern U.S. border, latched onto the social networking platform Thursday morning to blast “this ridiculous Spending Bill” for sidestepping the situation.
“I wish to know, where is the bucks for Border Security as well as the WALL on this ridiculous Spending Bill, and are you going to it are derived from following your Midterms?” the president wrote. “Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!”
Trump also quoted Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who earlier inside the week blasted Democrats for “obstruction” because of their opposition for the wall issue also to finalizing a number of White House nominations.
The comments came just 2 days after senators overwhelmingly passed a “minibus” appropriations measure that would provide about $674 billion for your Department of Defense in fiscal 2019, along with full-year funding to the departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor.
If House members agree for the deal in the future, and leaders from both parties have signaled they will support it, the plan will mark the first time in a decade that this defense budget has been finalized before the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1.
If Trump’s comments scuttle those House plans, or if Trump decides to veto the measure, it will trigger a partial government shutdown after the month rather than the legislative victory lap that lawmakers had been anticipating.
Pentagon officials in recent times have lamented the use of temporary budget extensions to stop federal funding halts and operations shutdowns, saying they inhibit remarkable ability to start out new programs and make equipment purchases on schedule.
Trump failed to specifically advocate for stopping the defense minibus deal, or say however veto the measure.
Along with all the four agency full-year budgets, the legislation also includes an extension cord in the current spending levels for numerous other departments until Dec. 7. Congress is predicted to cope with final funding for all those programs, and possibly the border wall issue, after the November mid-term elections.
Last week, lawmakers finalized an identical appropriations package to the Department of Veterans Affairs and military construction funding. Trump is expected to sign that bill into law within the next couple of days.