Annoyed at Democratic boasting, President Trump and congressional Republicans have scrambled to claim victories in the first bipartisan spending deal of the new administration.
But the true score could be found in the House vote on the bill on Wednesday, as Democrats overwhelmingly embraced the $1.1 trillion agreement while the GOP split. The legislation passed easily on a tally of 309 to 118 and now goes to the Senate, which is expected to sign off before a Friday deadline to avert a government shutdown. More than 100 Republicans broke with Trump to oppose the deal; all but 15 of the chamber’s 191 Democrats supported the measure.
The White House had championed an increase of $15 billion in military spending and a down payment of $1.5 billion for border security, aspects of the deal that budget director Mick Mulvaney declared a “huge victory” for Trump. But it was Democrats who bragged about denying the president money for his southern border wall and rejecting $18 billion in cuts to domestic agencies he sought in the deal. Trump responded by blaming the Senate filibuster that gave Democrats leverage in the negotiations and calling for a “good ‘shutdown’” in September when Congress must debate federal funding for 2018.