President Donald Trump speaks during a tours as he reviews border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego, as Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector chief, listens. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump expressed frustration with the Republicans spending bill on Thursday because it did not include funding for the border wall.

Not only was there no funding the wall, the Republicans only passed a budget that keeps the government open until December 7th. This bill averts a September 30 government shutdown.

“I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms?” Trump said on Twitter.

The Senate voted Tuesday to pass an $854 billion spending bill to fund the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education. The bill now heads to the House for a vote.

The large $854 billion spending items in the bill include military pay raises as part of a $674.4 billion Defense appropriation, $3.8 billion to fight the opioid epidemic, $725 million for community block grants, and increases for Pell grants and the National Institute of Health.

Trump has said in the past that he would shut the government down if there is no border wall funding; however, he has been open to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan until after the midterm elections.

Trump continues to tell the Republicans to “get tough” with Democrats before the midterm elections in November.

This Congressional passage of agency-level spending bills is a deviation from the large spending packages that Congress approved in previous years that fund the entire government simultaneously.

 

 

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