Donald Trump signed an important spending bill on Friday. The bill effectively reopened the US government after a brief shutdown, the second in three weeks.
Trump made the announcement via his Twitter handle on Friday morning stating it as a boost for the US military and “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”
The White House votes were 240 to 186 in support of a bipartisan package that extends funding until March 23.
This was hours after a conservative senator, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky made Congress miss a midnight deadline which initiated the shutdown.
The senator had blocked a vote in the upper house, to bring attention to the big increases in spending on the military and domestic programs.
Many Democrats felt frustrated as the bill failed to address the matter of the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants threatened with deportation.
Trump defended the deal, though he stated it contained “much waste in order to get Dem votes.
Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything and more
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.”
Trump was directly alluding to a point in the bill that increases spending limits for the next two years and raises the federal debt ceiling until March 2019.
The incident also shows the internal strife in Congress. The rebellion that bubbled among Republicans and Democrats over the budget agreement boiled over when senator Paul brought the Senate to a halt.