Trump signs spend­ing bill keep­ing govern­ment funded through Dec. 21

Santa Fe New Mexican - - 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 overnight.

The House and Se­nate passed the short-term bill on Thurs­day. The House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee an­nounced Fri­day that Trump had signed it.

Trump and con­gres­sional Democrats are at an im­passe over how much to spend on Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der. That is the is­sue hold­ing up com­ple­tion of the spend­ing bills, which are al­ready two months over­due.

If Congress and Trump do not act be­fore mid­night Dec. 21 a par­tial govern­ment shut­down will be­gin, po­ten­tially af­fect­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of fed­eral work­ers.

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