'Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September'

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U.S. President Donald Trump, after failing to win congressional approval for many of his spending and policy priorities for the next five months, said Tuesday the government "needs a good "shutdown" in September" when lawmakers will be debating the 2018 funding plan.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

US Congressional negotiators reached a critical agreement on a massive spending bill which if approved by the House and Senate would fund the government through the end of September, a media report said.

The president did secure increased military spending in the 2017 budget deal, breaking with longstanding practice that a boost in Pentagon spending be accompanied by dollar-for-dollar spike in domestic spending.

The opposition party has hailed the spending bill as a victory because Mr Trump's administration punted on several elements named as priorities during his presidential campaign. "He said, "Our Republican team had its own victory '" under the radar", he and called the bill "a clear win for the American people".


Aides say lawmakers closely involved in the talks have worked through many sticking points in hopes of making the measure public as early as Sunday night. The bill doesn't provide as much money for a defense build-up as Trump requested and also doesn't fund a wall on the Mexican border, while preserving federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the women's health service that provides abortions. The talks were also spurred by a strong Republican desire to complete unfinished business well into the fiscal year and move on to health care repeal and tax overhaul, both of which are iffy propositions.

"You have a united Democratic Party; you have Republicans in the House and Senate who are deeply, deeply divided", he describes.

"Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!" he wrote on Tuesday.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not do the same to pass legislation, and more than 60 senators urged him not to do so in an April 7 letter. Capitol Hill Republicans joined Democrats in supporting increases for popular domestic programs such as medical research at the National Institutes of Health, with Sen.

"We couldn't be more pleased", Vice President Mike Pence said Monday on CBS, touting increases in military spending and a "down payment" on border security. "When I look at the big picture, it's sending a mixed message about the importance of college affordability. We don't have a rule problem, we've got a people problem".


And that cuts both ways - in the same poll, 69% said Democrats ought to be trying to compromise with Trump and not just resist the president's agenda. Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

"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.

So-called sanctuary cities - which limit cooperation with the federal government on immigration law in order to shelter immigrants here illegally - will not be deprived of federal funding.

"Any time you cut spending in this town on anything you are going to have somebody pushing back so we don't expect that to change", Mulvaney said.

Democrats boasted of money for foreign assistance and cash-strapped Puerto Rico while winning funding for favored programs like transit projects and grants for first responders.


The GOP gets an additional $15 billion in defense spending, $2.5 billion of which is dependent on the Trump administration's creation of a new plan to fight ISIS.

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