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Congress boots shutdown showdown to end of month amid fight over Trump wall funding

December 6, 2018
Congress averted a Friday shutdown of the federal government by passing a two week spending bill. (J. David Ake / AP)

Congress approved a two-week government spending bill Thursday, delaying a possible government shutdown amid a simmering fight over President Trump’s demand for funds for a border wall.

The legislation keeps the government running until Dec. 21, four days before Christmas, and averts the current Friday shutdown deadline. Lawmakers are currently scheduled to depart Washington on Dec. 14.

Both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are slated to meet with Trump on Tuesday to discuss spending.

Democrats and the President have been at loggerheads over his proposed wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump has said he will refuse to sign any spending bill that does not include at least $5 billion for his long-promised project.

While campaigning for the White House in 2016, Trump told supporters he would make Mexico fund the partition.

In recent weeks, he has refused to take a partial shutdown off the table, tweeting this week that the U.S.-Mexico border wall “pays for itself in two months.”

Lawmakers passed a spending package shortly before last month’s midterms that means any shutdown would only be a partial closure of the federal government.

The stopgap measure passed Thursday was headed to the White House for Trump’s approval.

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