One of the more overlooked aspects of the new budget passed by the House is something that is a rather important victory for Trump.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vehemently opposed Trump’s border wall last year, but this year, she surrendered, and in all, Trump has been granted $1.375 billion in wall funding by the House.
Additionally, the House did not block Trump from reallocating funds from other departments to help fund the wall.
Keeping the Government running
For years now, our government has been running on ad hoc budgets, putting forth stopgap measures that only cover several months at a time.
This bill would finally keep the government operational for more than a few months, as it will cover federal spending through the end of the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2020.
The spending bill
One of the most notable aspects of the funding bill is that it will give military members the largest pay raise they have had in a considerable time.
In all, there is $22 billion allocated for defense spending. There is also $425 million for election security and $25 million for gun violence research grants. The census is also funded in this bill, with $7.6 billion allocated for that purpose.
For Democrats, the big win involved increased funding levels for Head Start, Title I Schools, and the Child Care & Development Block Grant. A critical addition to the bill was the provision that raises the legal age for tobacco purchase to 21.
As far as the often-heard threats to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) goes, the funding for this agency and other immigration-related enforcement arms appears to be about the same as the year prior, so no changes are expected to take place anytime soon on that front.
The spending bill is a step in the right direction, but there is clearly still plenty of work to be done.
The debt clock continues to increase, and that is a problem that must be addressed very soon, lest a nation such as China get its hooks deeper into the American economy.
President Trump has already expressed his approval of the bill on social media and is expected to sign it once it receives formal Senate approval.