House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have accomplished just about nothing since President Donald Trump took office almost three years ago.
They have spent most of their time trying to impeach Trump, block his nominations, and obstruct his agenda.
But this week, something very rare happened: Democrats and Republicans actually came together and passed a measure that will do something positive.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved a new defense spending bill, which Trump has already said he is beyond excited to sign.
The Senate voted 86-8 to approve the National Defense Authorization Act, which the House passed last week.
The bill is so good that both Schumer and Pelosi voted in favor of it!
Trump championed the bill, writing on Twitter:
“Wow! All of our priorities have made it into the final NDAA: Pay Raise for our Troops, Rebuilding our Military, Paid Parental Leave, Border Security, and Space Force! I will sign this historic defense legislation immediately!”
It’s also a major win for Republicans.
The legislation authorizes: (1) $738 billion for defense spending; (2) creates the president’s Space Force, and (3) includes a provision providing all federal workers with 12 weeks paid parental leave.
For perspective, that $738 billion is the highest defense budget since World War II.
The bill also includes a 3.1 percent pay raise for military personnel, $5.3 billion for disaster recovery on military installations, repeals regulations that penalize some Gold Star families collecting benefits from the government, and introduces reforms to private military housing.
House Democrats also dropped a provision to block Trump from transferring money from Pentagon accounts to constructing more of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
That’s right: the bill allows Trump to use military funds to build more of the border wall.
Democrats also dropped adding more protections for transgender troops.
This caps off what many are calling Trump’s best week in office.
Below are just a few of Trump’s accomplishments in the last week:
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to pass Trump’s historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The USMCA is one of Trump’s landmark victories and will result in tens of billions of dollars flowing back into the United States, including the creation of just shy of one million new jobs over the next 5 years.
- Trump reached a “phase one” deal with China. As part of the deal, the Chinese agreed to increase their purchase of U.S. goods by $200 billion, plus an additional $40 billion in agricultural products, over the next two years. The U.S. agreed to delay a few tariffs that were set to go in effect on Chinese goods.
- The Federal Reserve reported that manufacturing production rose 1.1% in November, as did industrial output. That’s significantly higher than economists had been expecting.
- The Housing Market Index, which measures confidence among home builders, surged to a 20-year high this month.
- The stock market continues to reach new highs, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 20% for the year, the S&P 500 27%.
- And this week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job openings climbed 235,000 in October to 7.3 million, which means there were 1.5 million more job openings than unemployed workers for the month.
While Trump is making America stronger and more prosperous than ever — Democrats are still trying to impeach him from office.