Congressional leaders are ignoring dismal approval ratings and a legislative stalemate on pivotal issues facing the nation, deciding to give themselves a hefty $12.6 million raise in their new omnibus spending bill.
While the $1.3 trillion spending package fails to fund the President’s proposed border wall or find a permanent solution to DACA, the new legislation incudes over $12 million in higher wages for those on the Senate’s payroll.
According to the official summary released by the Senate, the budget increase will be used to provide “funding necessary for critical modernization and upgrades of the Senate financial management system and investments in IT security.”
The legislation also provides increased funding for various Capitol projects, including nearly $14 million for the “Botanic Garden.”
Despite clearing both Houses of Congress, President Trump threatened to veto the legislation early Friday morning; slamming the bill for failing to fund his border wall and find a permanent solution for DACA-recipients.
“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,” Trump tweeted.