Republicans introduced a spending bill last night to keep the government from shutting down through April 2017.
Among many other provisions, the bill would speed up discussion of the waiver necessary for President-elect Trump's pick to lead the Pentagon, retired Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, to take the job.
Mattis needs a waiver because he's only been retired from active duty for three years -- under current law, a military officer needs to be retired for at least seven years before taking the job.
The core of the bill
- $10.1 billion for Pentagon and State Department anti-terror efforts
- $170 million in aid for Flint, Michigan's lead-tainted water
- $7 million to pay for police overtime for protecting Trump Tower, an amount that has drawn Democrats' ire
- More Transportation Department rules requiring rest and overnight breaks for truckers
- $4 billion disaster relief package, much of which is going toward flooded Louisiana and states hit by Hurricane Matthew
- Funding for the 21st Century Cures Act
This legislation is just a Band-Aid -- but a critical one.
All told, the bill adds up to a budget of $1.07 trillion.
Congressional leaders said Trump asked to delay major budget decisions until after he is in office, The Hill reports.
The bill is expected to be approved without a hitch, giving the Senate one day to pass before a government shutdown hits on Friday.
Republicans' failure to fully reimburse NYPD for its efforts to protect President-elect Trump is beyond disappointing.
Some Democrats found parts of the bill distasteful, particularly the paltry $7 million in reimbursements for the New York Police Department for its security detail for Donald Trump. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates it will cost the city a total of $35 million to protect Trump until his inauguration day.
WATCH | Trump officially introduced Gen. Mattis as his defense secretary pick at a rally on Tuesday, saying if he did not get the necessary congressional waiver, "there will be a lot of angry people."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.