For The Deal-Making Trump, Compromise Seems To Be A Dirty Word

The House passed a $1.1 trillion spending deal Wednesday that funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30.

Democrats say House Republicans up for re-election next year will face a public backlash if they vote to approve a GOP health care bill. Aside from an increase in military spending and an increase in funding for some aspects of border security, the deal did not contain much of what the president has said are his priorities, including replacing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and cutting spending on wasteful programs in the arts and those focused on climate change.

"After years of partisan bickering and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the American people", Trump himself said later on Tuesday at a White House event.

Trump declared Tuesday the USA government "needs a good shutdown" this fall to fix a "mess" in the Senate, signaling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running. As Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said: "When Democrats and Republicans work together and reject President Trump's demands, we can make progress and get things done for the workers, women, and middle-class families we represent".

Asked how the president would define a "good shutdown", Mulvaney suggested "it would be one that fixes this town".

Trump "can construct a shutdown in such a way - because he determines what is essential and what's not essential - to make it quite painful for Democrats during a shutdown", said Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Democrats also backed the measure, which protects popular domestic programs such as education, medical research and grants to state and local governments from cuts sought by Trump - while dropping a host of GOP agenda items found in earlier versions.

Before the White House meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., praised the proposal and said the GOP was getting "extremely close" to finally being able to pass the stalled legislation.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told reporters: "I just don't agree".

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.

Trump and Turnbull were commemorating the 75th anniversary of that battle with speeches at a gala dinner aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that fought in World War II and is a floating museum on the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan.

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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is determined to avoid shutdowns that damage the party's reputation, signaled Trump is going to have to deal with the hand he's been dealt. He and other moderates have complained that the legislation erodes protections under Obama's law by opening the door for insurers to charge people with pre-existing illnesses unaffordable premiums. Trump tweeted, lamenting the need for bipartisan compromise.

Republicans hold 52 of the Senate's 100 seats. Increased military spending is not necessary for a nation that spends more on defense than the next seven nations combined, but it was central to the platform that got Trump elected.

"I'd be hard-pressed to figure how we could fund more of the priorities", Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters Monday. The compromise spending package does not provide funds for many of Trump's campaign promises, such as a wall on the USA border with Mexico.

Trump, however, obtained $1.5 billion for border security measures such as 5,000 additional detention beds, an upgrade in border infrastructure and technologies such as surveillance.

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