'Swamp Budget': Hegseth Rips Congress For Imbalanced Spending Bill
"Fox and Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth on Friday had critical words about Congress' newly passed spending bill, calling it a "swamp budget" that doesn't garner a fair return for border wall funds in exchange for protection for illegal immigrants.
The $1.3 trillion bill, which passed 62-35 in the Senate and 256-167 in the House, includes just $1.6 billion for border control. Much of that money will be used to repair fencing that's already in place.
Hegseth noted that the bill will result in a modest pay increase for servicemen and women, but that most of the funds allocated toward the military will be used for maintenance, training, additional troops and ships, and investments in future weapons systems.
"This is a Mitch McConnell special," Hegseth said. "This is a dysfunctional Senate. ... Ultimately, the Democrats controlled this process in the Senate."
Hegseth is an Army veteran himself, having received two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
The bill, which was more than 2,000 pages, does not cut funding to Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities. It does, however, point to a large increase in military and infrastructure spending and allocates funding to help combat the country's opioid crisis.
President Trump on Friday morning, though, tweeted that he was considering a veto of the bill, "based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats." The president also cited the lack of border wall funding.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
Watch the segment from "Fox and Friends" above.