Congress seeks 2-week ex­ten­sion to avert gov­ern­ment shut­down

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

WASH­ING­TON — Con­gres­sional lead­ers in­tro­duced a two-week fund­ing bill Mon­day to avert a par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down over Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s border wall.

The stop­gap mea­sure would keep the gov­ern­ment funded through Dec. 21, two weeks af­ter a Fri­day dead­line when fund­ing for a por­tion of the gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, is set to ex­pire.

The mea­sure comes as Trump kept up pres­sure Mon­day on con­gres­sional Democrats to fund his promised border wall and threat­ened other ac­tions to de­ter il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion as ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tinue.

“We would save Bil­lions of Dol­lars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall,” Trump tweeted with­out ev­i­dence Mon­day. “Ei­ther way, peo­ple will NOT be al­lowed into our Coun­try il­le­gally! We will close the en­tire South­ern Border if nec­es­sary.”

While Democrats pre­fer a one-week ex­ten­sion, they sig­naled they would not ob­ject to a two-week de­lay.

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