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A vote to fund our troops
In the coming 36 hours, members of both houses of Congress will vote on an “omnibus” spending bill to keep our Federal government open. Omnibus bills cover a broad range of priorities, eliminating the need for many separate votes.
President Donald J. Trump supports the deal crafted by leaders on Capitol Hill and urges its swift passage. “The President had a discussion with Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell, where they talked about their shared priorities secured in the omnibus spending bill,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday. “The President and the leaders discussed their support for the bill.”
This bill addresses many important needs, including:
The largest pay raise for American troops in a decade
More than 100 miles of new construction for the border wall
Key priorities here at home, such as combatting the opioid crisis and rebuilding infrastructure
Go deeper: How President Trump is rebuilding American strength
Ending online sex trafficking
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives in passing the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, meaning the bill will soon come to President Trump’s desk for signing. The President applauds the bipartisan proposal, which passed yesterday with a 97-2 vote.
“This bipartisan piece of legislation takes an important step forward in fighting the despicable act of human trafficking,” Press Secretary Sanders said yesterday. “The legislation empowers Federal, State, and local prosecutors to hold websites accountable for supporting the sale of sex trafficking victims.”
This legislation builds on the Administration’s far-reaching work during its first year to end modern slavery in all its forms. Ivanka Trump in particular has been a leader in that fight, hosting a White House discussion last week to lend her support to the bill.
Read the White House’s full statement on this effort to fight online sex trafficking.
President Trump meets with the Crown Prince
As the United States continues to face threats from Iran and other sponsors of terror in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia remains one of America’s staunchest allies. This week, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington.
President Trump and the Crown Prince discussed joint efforts to finalize new commercial deals that would support more than 120,000 American jobs. The Crown Prince also thanked the President for American leadership in defeating ISIS and countering Iran’s destructive actions across the Middle East.
The Administration is committed to a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia for years to come. President Trump said he looks forward to the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the United States later this year.
Watch: President Trump meets with the Crown Prince in the Oval Office
Photo of the Day
The White House Rose Garden | March 21, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Today, President Trump will sign a Presidential Memorandum targeting China’s economic aggression before participating in a panel discussion at the Generation Next Summit.
This afternoon, Vice President Pence will travel to Manchester, New Hampshire, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.
This evening, the President and First Lady will host the Greek Independence Day Celebration.