WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has threatened to veto a $1.3 trillion government-wide spending measure if it includes money for a rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.
The project is a priority for Trump’s most powerful Democratic rival, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
GOP congressional aides say Trump indicated to House Speaker Paul Ryan last week that he’d veto the spending bill over money for the multibillion-dollar project that enjoys GOP backing as well. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conservations.
Trump’s threat further complicates difficult negotiations on the spending bill.
The House Appropriations Committee chairman — New Jersey Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen — is seeking a $900 million installment for the tunnel, but some lawmakers want the money spread to other projects.