Senate OKs bill to fund government through September

The Senate has passed the $1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running until September, with a vote of 79-18. The House will vote on the bill today (May 3) and it is expected to pass there and the Senate before being signed by the president this week. It also includes a funding boost for the National Institutes of Health, despite Mr. Trump's request to cut NIH funding.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy called Trump's threat "a sour and shameful note to kick off negotiations" for next year's spending plan, pointing to billions of dollars of losses triggered by the shutdown four years ago.

Many Republicans argued that $21 billion in military funding, $1.5 billion in new money for border security and several unrelated policy provisions are major steps toward fulfilling President Donald Trump's agenda.

Mr Trump's embrace of such a disruptive event came days after he accused Senate Democrats of seeking that same outcome and obstructing majority Republicans during budget negotiations.

"Republicans have now made the bill even more costly and cruel to American families, likely resulting in millions more Americans not being able to afford coverage", Pelosi said in a statement. That has forced Republicans to work with Democrats to avoid politically damaging government shutdowns. Democrats said Trump would shoulder the blame for any shutdown now.

Mr. Trump also touted the five-month spending-bill deal in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday honoring members of the Air Force Academy football team, describing it as an "under the radar" victory.

Despite Trump's tweets suggesting he would be willing to let us government funding lapse later this year in an effort to pressure Democrats to agree to more of his budget priorities, top Republicans have touted this week's budget deal.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would debate the funding Bill this week and that most Republicans did not favour a change in the rules to make it easier to pass legislation without Democratic support. "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

"(We) either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent.

But Republican leaders are struggling to balance the concerns of moderates, who want to protect those with pre-existing medical conditions from being shut out or penalized by insurers, and of conservatives who want to ease what they see as Obamacare's heavy burden on the economy.

"President Trump may not like what he sees in this budget deal, but it's unsafe and irresponsible to respond by calling for a shutdown", said Sen.

He's touting a "massive and badly needed" increase in military funding as well as additional money for border security. Patty Murray (D., Wash.) said.

His comment frustrated some of his fellow Republicans in Congress, who chafed at the suggestion that the White House could dictate Senate rules, or send a message that a shutdown, which costs the economy millions, was desirable.

The $1.5 billion increase in Homeland Security spending, pushing total spending for the department to more than $42 billion.