Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Congress Proposes Plan to Fund Government for Two More Weeks

Drew Thies

House leaders released a bill Monday morning that will extend government funding through December 21st, giving lawmakers just days before the Christmas holiday to reach a long-term deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will take up the extension if the House passes it. House Democrats initially wanted a one week deal but accepted the two week proposal.

A key sticking point in negotiations on a broader deal is President Trump’s desire for $5 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border. Senate Democratic leadership offered some concession on wall funding, but not the full amount the President wants.

The short-term deal also comes after the death of President George H. W. Bush, which stalled negotiations this week while the President lies in state at the Capitol.

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were scheduled to meet with the President privately on Tuesday, but the death of President Bush delayed the meeting until December 11. Negotiations are said to be on hold until Trump meets with Democratic leadership.

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