Trump keeps shut­down at bay

Houston Chronicle - - NATION | WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day signed a short-term spend­ing bill that averts a par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down for now, post­pon­ing a fight over his border wall un­til just be­fore Christ­mas.

The leg­is­la­tion ex­tends gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment, the Jus­tice Depart­ment, the Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment and some other gov­ern­ment agen­cies through Dec. 21. Fund­ing for those agen­cies had been set to ex­pire to­day, Fri­day Dec. 7, at mid­night.

The White House and con­gres­sional lead­ers agreed to the two-week fund­ing ex­ten­sion in light of the death of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, who was hon­ored at the Capi­tol this week.

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