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While the vast majority of America was asleep Thursday night, the federal government entered another partial shutdown as Congress waited until the last moment to pass another short-term spending bill.
NBC News reported that the Senate voted around 1:30 a.m. ET to approve a $400 billion spending package that was also approved by the House around 5:30 a.m. ET, and was signed into law shortly after by President Donald Trump, ending the shutdown just hours after it had begun.
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That bill, which laid out spending increases for the Defense Department as well as domestic programs over the next two years, will fund the government for another six weeks.
Trump heralded his signing of the bill and tweeted, “Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”
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But the president wasn’t entirely pleased with the bill he had to sign to reopen the government Friday morning, as he viewed the massive spending increases for domestic programs as unnecessary.
In what has been taken by some as something of a veiled shot at both big-spending Democrats and their equally spend-happy RINO counterparts, Trump lamented in a pair of follow-up tweets that he had to approve the additional wasteful spending in order to fully fund the military — something unlikely to occur in the future if more fiscal conservative Republicans were elected to Congress.
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