Trump signs defense spending bill

By Tony Bertuca  
September 28, 2018 at 12:58 PM

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a statement from President Trump.)

President Trump today signed a massive spending package containing $675 billion for defense, granting the Pentagon its first on-time budget in a decade.

Trump, who signed the bill in a ceremony closed to the press, played up the bill's defense spending in a statement.

"My Administration has secured funding to order 93 new F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters, 142 Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, and 13 Navy battle force ships -- made right here in the USA," he said. " This is the first time in more than a decade that our Defense Department has been given a full year of funding on time without relying on continuing resolutions."

Trump, after stoking doubts earlier this month with a tweet criticizing the minibus as "ridiculous," said today: "I am pleased to have signed this bill into law."

The bill, totaling $857 billion, also appropriates money for the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and other related agencies.

The spending package also includes a stopgap continuing resolution to temporarily fund until Dec. 7 any government agency that has not received an on-time appropriation. The CR includes the Department of Homeland Security, punting partisan debate on funding for a southern border wall until after the November mid-term elections.

The House adjourned today and will not return until Nov. 13, following the mid-term elections.