Congress plan de­lays shut­down — for now

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

Congress passed a two-week stop­gap spend­ing bill that will de­lay the chance of a par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down un­til Dec. 22 as law­mak­ers and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ne­go­ti­ate over his de­mands to pay for a wall on the south­ern bor­der. The House and Se­nate passed the mea­sure Thurs­day without dis­sent, and Trump has in­di­cated he will sign the bill be­fore the cur­rent shut­down dead­line of mid­night tonight. Ne­go­ti­a­tions were de­layed by memo­rial ser­vices this week for for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush. The tem­po­rary mea­sure gives Democrats and Repub­li­cans more time to find a res­o­lu­tion to their big­gest hur­dle: fund­ing a wall on the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der. Trump says he wants $5 bil­lion for parts of a con­crete wall on the south­ern bor­der and is will­ing to shut down the gov­ern­ment if he doesn’t get it. Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has said Democrats will pro­vide no more than $1.6 bil­lion for “bor­der se­cu­rity,” be­cause the wall is a waste of money.

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