House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended the spending bill Republicans negotiated, touting it as a "game-changer," and he highlighted the departure from previous concessions the GOP had to make under former President Barack Obama, The Washington Times reported.
He said the bill increased money to the Pentagon without having to also make the same increases in health, education, and other domestic items.
"No longer are the needs of our military going to be held hostage to domestic spending," Ryan said. "We broke this parity, and we think it's a really important step in the right direction."
Earlier on Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued a pair of tweets voicing his frustration with the legislative process and suggesting that perhaps "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"
While the bill maintains funding for Planned Parenthood and increases spending for certain Democratic issues such as financial aid to poor students for college and funding for research at the National Institutes of Health, it also provides for increases for immigration enforcement, The Times explained.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump's tweet over a shutdown "destructive" and praised lawmakers for the bill.
"This deal is exactly how Washington should work when it is bipartisan," Schumer said. "Both parties negotiated and came to agreement."
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