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President Trump "Considering a Veto" of Omnibus Bill

In a tweet published on Friday morning, President Donald Trump stated that he would consider vetoing the omnibus spending bill passed by the House and the Senate.

The omnibus bill, which carries a $1.3 trillion price tag, is reminiscent of the giant spending packages that defined the era of former President Barack Obama. Unsurprisingly, the legislation is unpopular with President Trump's conservative base.

President Trump with the omnibus spending bill

The bill's length -- 2,232 pages -- is a source of contention, along with the fact that it allocates only $1.5 billion for the construction of border fortifications.

Even worse for conservatives, the package has wording that specifically excludes the border wall that the president has in mind.

CNS News reports:
The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill [formerly] supported by President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell provides almost $1.6 billion for “fencing” and “levees” on the Southwest Border. 
But the bill is very specific on how the money must be spent in the next six months, ruling out any concrete barriers such as the prototypes Trump visited in California on March 13.
In another blow to conservatives, the omnibus bill incorporates the "Fix NICS" bill, a gun control  measure which failed to make it through Congress on its own legs.

Regarding the provision's unpopularity and its inclusion in the omnibus, a report in the The Washington Times read, "Critics call [Fix NICS] a step toward universal background checks and registration for gun buyers — something favored by the Democrats."

In his tweet, Trump wrote:

Charlie Kirk, a prominent conservative who founded Turning Point USA, heralded Trump's tweet with one of his own: