I will never sign another bill like this again. –Trump
Trump lamented the “ridiculous situation that took place over the last week,” saying the bill was quickly put together and lawmakers were given little time to read through it.
A budget bill is a reference work, not meant to be read. The idea that legislators read bills to find out what is included is silly. It would be totally pointless. A legislator might refer to the text with regard to something of particular interest, but read the whole bill–ridiculous.
Trump also called on Congress to give him a “line item veto” for all government spending bills, echoing a desire expressed by previous presidents who lamented parts of congressional legislation.
Ah, the line item veto. Why should Congress bother with appropriations bills if specific appropriations can be ignored. With such a power, I suppose President Trump could delete funding for DOJ investigations–how nice.
He also called on Congress to get rid of the filibuster and “go to 51 votes in the Senate” in order to have “success” in Congress.
This sounds good when your party is in the majority, but old timers know that won’t always be the case.
“Without the filibuster rule it’ll happen just like magic,” Trump said.
What would happen just like magic? Would the President then get just what he wanted with no conflict, a wall perhaps? I doubt it–votes of Democrats were needed in the House, where there is no filibuster, for the appropriation bill because Republicans are divided, that’s a fact. One Senator threatening a filibuster was Republican Rand Paul.