- The Washington Times - Friday, February 9, 2018

President Trump signed a bipartisan spending bill Friday morning, saying it will provide stable funding for the military and help the economy.

“Our Military will now be stronger than ever before,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time.”

He said the measure “Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”

The House approved a stopgap bill earlier Friday to keep the government open and to increase spending by about $300 billion over the next two years, moving quickly hours after the Senate voted to ensure that a government shutdown that began at midnight would be short-lived.

Congress now has until March 23 to write more detailed legislation appropriating the money to government agencies for the rest of the current fiscal year.

Addressing the $300 billion bill’s significant increase in nonmilitary spending, the president said it was necessary to attract Democratic votes.

“This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military. Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage.”

He said the cost of non-military line-items in the budget “will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!”

A total of 73 Democrats in the House voted for the measure, which also includes $90 billion in disaster relief for regions hit by hurricanes last fall.

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