A tweet by President Trump on Thursday added a measure of doubt to the expectation he would sign a two-bill fiscal 2019 spending package covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles and provide the Pentagon will full-year funding from the start of the fiscal year. After easily clearing the Senate on Tuesday, the package — which also extends current funding levels through Dec. 7 for agencies without enacted FY 2019 spending measures — is expected to be adopted by the House next week before heading to the president. But Trump called the minibus “ridiculous” because it doesn’t include $5 billion he is seeking to construct a border wall. A presidential veto could result in a shutdown for most or all federal agencies unless GOP leaders decide to let lawmakers vote to override it. And while Congress may have the votes for an override, Republican leaders may not be willing to clash with Trump on an issue that is important to his base, reports CQ.
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