Congress

Trump Quietly Signs Bill to Temporarily Fund Government

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

While most of the country is focused on the fight to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump has quietly signed the continuing resolution that will keep the federal government running until at least December 7th.

Trump has blustered and threatened to veto the spending bill because it does not include funding for his fantasy border wall, but Trump signed it at the White House today without any media or cameras present.

In fact, the only reason we know this happened is because an anonymous source told the media about it.

That’s according to a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the action.

Trump signed the legislation to fund the military and several civilian agencies without journalists present at the White House. The president is acting after the House and Senate approved the spending plan earlier this week.

Trump’s signature avoids a shutdown before the Nov. 6 elections that will determine control of Congress. But he has expressed frustration that the bill doesn’t pay for his long-stalled wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Now that this is out of the way, I believe a government shutdown on December 7th will be more likely than it has ever been prior to this point especially if Democrats regain control of either chamber of Congress.

If Trump and the GOP believe December 7th could be their last chance to fund Trump's border wall, among other things, and with the midterm election behind us, they may feel as though they have nothing to lose by shutting down the government.

If it comes down to that, I say fuck it; shut it down. What better way to kick off the 2020 campaign season than with a Republican government shutdown?

  • Trump almost always backs down. He’s full of shit and bluffs constantly.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump’s climb-down is welcome, although there’s almost always a catch when he acts in what seems to be the national interest.

    The Rs are probably going to shut down the federal government. On December 7. On the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Yeah, that decision makes for great optics. Go for it, Rs!

    –alopecia