President Trump signed into law Friday night a $1.4 trillion spending package that avoids a government shutdown, funds all federal agencies through September, provides up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for most federal employees and spends $1.375 billion on his border wall.
Mr. Trump signed the two spending bills about two hours before midnight aboard Air Force One on a flight to Florida, where he plans to spend the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Government operations would have begun to shut down after midnight.
“Taken together, the government funding bills guarantee that critical priorities — investing in the military, ensuring Americans are more prosperous and healthy, delivering border security, engaging on criminal justice reform, and defending life – will be met in the upcoming year,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.
The president’s action and the agreement on spending in Congress avoids a repeat of the partial government shutdown of last December in a fight over border-wall funding. The deal also came despite heightened rancor in Washington over House Democrats’ impeachment of Mr. Trump on Wednesday.
Among his priorities, Mr. Trump said the package “preserves my authorities to build the wall on our southern border, and it prevents attempts to slash and cap ICE detention beds, as well as efforts to defund and block my Administration’s successful strategies and use of available law enforcement tools, which have produced dramatic reductions in illegal border-crossings.”