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The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and avoid federal agency shutdowns on Saturday when existing money is depleted.

After Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress jettisoned his promise to build a border wall and cut environmental spending, the embattled resident lashed out, saying maybe the government should not be funded at all.

The White House often says a controversial Trump tweet "speaks for itself" but the comments invite further questions - including why the president believes a government shutdown would be beneficial at a time when Republicans control the White House and both chambers in Congress.

But with his healthcare reform effort flagging, Trump has been unable to get a major piece of legislation through a Congress controlled by his own Republican Party, leaving him without a signature victory.

Mulvaney said the White House will turn next to the 2018 budget, and wouldn't balk at a government shutdown if necessary to get it passed, echoing Trump's tweet earlier in the day that the United States "needs a good shutdown". He added that we "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 (percent)".

Trump's hint towards starting a government shutdown was not clear, as the president has been known in the past to take such stances on important issues before ultimately standing down.

Democrats also backed the measure, which protects popular domestic programs such as education, medical research and grants to state and local governments from cuts sought by Trump - while dropping a host of GOP agenda items found in earlier versions.

"You're not seeing a lot of the White House priorities in this bill, so I don't see how we can say this is a win for the American people", said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. "I think for once, we may be in agreement".

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Rachel Maddow shows the Trump administration attempting to spin the new spending bill news into a positive light for themselves but falling short with the means of communicating that spin, including a disastrous conference call with reporters.

Trump was responding to a bipartisan agreement on a spending plan which will keep the government functioning through September.

"Defense is no longer being held hostage to Democratic insistence on plussing up non-defense", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said this week. Mr. Trump wrote in two tweets sent Tuesday morning.

The opinions of top party leaders were not shared by everyone in the rank and file, some of whom feel that GOP negotiators too easily gave up on conservative priorities, such as cutting funds for Planned Parenthood and punishing "sanctuary" cities that fail to cooperate with immigration authorities. And, Mulvaney claimed of Democrats: "They wanted a shutdown". Both things Trump promised the opposite of on the campaign trail. "All things considered, this omnibus [spending bill] is a pleasant surprise", said Matt Biggs, legislative director of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers. At the time, he said he would not alter the rules for any other legislation.

Trump called the measure "incredibly well crafted" and praised House Republicans for passing a "great plan" that will end the "suffering" and "ravages" of Obamacare and credited the legislation for uniting the GOP.

Democrats had sought additional spending for nondefense accounts to match Pentagon increases above spending caps set by a 2015 budget pact negotiated with former President Barack Obama.

The bill also provides more than $1 billion to address the opioid crisis - overdose deaths in Missouri are at record highs - and $1.3 billion to provide a permanent health care fix for more than 22,000 retired miners and their widows.

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