Trump signs spending measure keeping government open

2017-05-05 22:14
President Donald Trump signs a document. (Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump signs a document. (Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - President Donald Trump has signed his first piece of major legislation, a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.

The bill cleared both houses of Congress this week and Trump signed it behind closed doors at his home in central New Jersey, well ahead of a midnight Friday deadline for some government functions to begin shutting down.

But other battles over government spending lie ahead. Among those are the border wall Trump has vowed to build on the US-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration, as well as a promised military buildup.

The White House and its Republican allies praised $15 billion in additional Pentagon spending obtained by Trump and $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security.

Earlier Trump said in a tweet he was working out of his New Jersey golf club to avoid disrupting Manhattan traffic and to save taxpayer money.

Trump's weekend visit to Bedminster in November cost nearly $4 000 in police overtime. Now that he's president, the town estimates it could spend triple that amount on police overtime and emergency services.

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