8 Things to Know About the New Federal Budget

The government should avoid a shutdown once again, as Congress drafted a slightly delayed — but eventually bipartisan — budget to keep the wheels turning until the end of September. Despite a massive amount of political posturing, the final budget bared little resemblance to the one Republican President Donald Trump suggested, leaving many of his pet projects under- or completely unfunded.

The budget is expected to pass on Friday and be signed by the president soon after. Here’s what you need to know about the new federal spending deal:

1. It will keep the government funded until October 1.

“Bipartisan congressional negotiators reached a critical agreement late Sunday on a massive spending bill that if approved by the House and Senate would fund the government through the end of September, senior aides from both parties told CNN,” the outlet reported on Saturday.

2. The president did not get funding for a wall — regardless of what he claims.

“President Trump on Tuesday claimed that the bipartisan budget deal reached over the weekend contains funding for his promised border wall. There’s only one problem ó it doesn’t,” the†New York Daily News reports. “…The short-term funding resolution reached Sunday, however, does not allocate any new money whatsoever for a southern border wall with Mexico. It also does not contain any riders blocking new grant funding for sanctuary cities like New York City. The bill even includes language that explicitly prohibits construction of a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

3. Sanctuary cities won’t be blocked from federal funds, either.

“Additionally, there are no cuts in funding to sanctuary cities, something a federal judge said last week would be required for the Justice Department to follow through on its threats,” reports†Philly.com. “And there is also no money for a deportation force.”

“‘The budget fully funds sanctuary cities, despite pledges from President Trump and Attorney General Sessions that federal grant money must be withheld until they stop breaking federal law by harboring illegal alien felons,’ bemoans conservative pundit Brian Fischer at OneNews Now. “

4. Military spending is a fraction of what President Trump requested.

“The spending deal struck by congressional negotiators Sunday includes an additional $15 billion in military funding, half of the $30 billion President Donald Trump requested in March,” reports†CNN.com.† “The extra dollars for the military would help fund the US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, as well as replenish equipment and pay for training and maintenance. Some of the extra funding would come with strings attached: The bill would fence off $2.5 billion of the $15 billion until the Trump administration sends a plan to Congress explaining the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”

5. Medicaid will still be funded for now, despite the ongoing Obamacare battle.

“Democrats were seeking a permanent commitment to funding Obamacare’s subsidies for low-income Americans’ insurance as well as more money to fill Puerto Rico’s Medicaid coffers,” reports†Politico.† “Instead, the Trump administration is only indefinitely funding the Obamacare subsidies, and Puerto Rico’s Medicaid solution mostly relies on redistributing existing accounts.”

6. And Planned Parenthood will also continue to receive†funds — although anti-abortion activists hope to fix that during reconciliation.

“‘With pro-life Republican majorities in both houses, it is incredibly disappointing that any Republican spending bill would contain continued funding for Planned Parenthood,’ said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List,” reports†Lifenews. “‘This makes it imperative that Republicans also move quickly on a reconciliation bill that redirects the abortion giantís funding to community health centers.’ A reconciliation bill is another type of budget bill that only requires a simple majority to pass the Senate. The omnibus bill needs 60 Senate votes to pass.”

7. The president actually thinks a government shutdown is a good idea if it gets more of his policies approved.

“President Trump on Tuesday called for a government shutdown later this year and suggested the Senate might need to prohibit future filibusters, dramatic declarations from a new commander in chief whose frustration is snowballing as Congress continues to block key parts of his agenda,” the Washington Post reports. “‘Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!’ Trump wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday morning. He likely meant a shutdown in October, as the current spending bill lawmakers have agreed to would fund government operations through Sept. 30.”

8. And far-right conservatives are egging him on, urging Trump†to veto the budget.

“The one thing President Trump could do to recapture the initiative from (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and the feckless Republicans would be to pledge to veto this budget bill unless it defunds Planned Parenthood and includes money for the border wall,” argues religious right pundit†Bryan Fischer. “He can tell Congress and the nation, ‘If you want me to sign a CR, send me one that defunds Planned Parenthood and funds a border wall, or no dice. If the government shuts down, let it shut down.’ His base, the people that put him in the White House, will stand with him. If conservatives lose this battle, the die will be cast for the remainder of President Trump’s first term. Eventually the president will run out of executive orders to sign and actual legislation will need to be passed. Good luck with that.

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46 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah H
Sarah Hill1 years ago

The military needs much more than they got! They need to rebuild after the 8 years under Obama!

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ERIKA S
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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ERIKA S
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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Brian F
Brian F1 years ago

David F Bernie Sanders supports single payer universal healthcare which 61% of the country supports. We could have single payer universal healthcare in this country, if your criminal corporate owned republican party along with the corporate owned democrats would support it. Go to www.justice.com and support the Justice Democrats in their mission to get the money out of politics and replace these criminal republican and corporate democrats that refuse to support progressive policies that we desperately need in this country like single payer universal healthcare, free colleges, a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, an end to our endless overseas wars, and marijuana legalization. If republicans like you would stop blocking progressive policies that we desperately need in this country, like single payer universal healthcare, we could actually solve some of our problems. Try to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

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David F
David F1 years ago

The Fake News Cartel bamboozled every liberal here into believing the Government would make healthcare affordable.

Every Republican new better and voted against it, every congressional Democrat has now been proven stupid victims of the Fake News at the deadly cost of so many people that can no longer afford real healthcare.

The Dems still publically cry let's fix it, yet there is no plan offered except to keep raising taxes, entitlements and government dependency. Robin and her type fail to admit it's proven to only raises health care cost.

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Ciaron D
Ciaron D1 years ago

This reminds me of the joke about a constipated accountant having to work things out with a pencil. Yet this may be the business as usual and just play along with him in the way families with an increasingly eccentric member in the middle of the night, they'd take them out into the blizzard, remove their pyjamas, and just leave them to it and claim that proves that Global warming is a myth too. It's a win win situation either way they look at it.

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ERIKA S
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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Brian F
Brian F1 years ago

Remove all these crooks like Trump and the criminals in both parties who refuse to support progressive policies that we desperately need from office immediately, and put Bernie Sanders who was cheated out of his primary, in office, so we can save our country. How can a criminal corporate owned congress with only a 9% approval rating continue to rip us off, and lie to us, and we accept it. We should demand that these crooks are immediately removed from office.

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John B
John B1 years ago

Thanks Robin for sharing the info. If Trumps wants a "shutdown" I say bring it on, as the backlash will be felt when the GOP loses seats in the House in the midterm elections in 2017.

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