The Latest: Trump signs bill to keep government running
Dec. 22, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the temporary spending bill to keep the government operating until Congress returns next year (all times local):
President Donald Trump has signed a temporary spending bill to keep the government running, for now.
Trump signed the bill in the Oval Office as he prepared to leave Washington for a Christmas visit to his Florida estate.
The president is tweeting that bill also provides a much-needed boost for missile defense.
Before breaking for the holidays, the Republican-led House and Senate passed a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.
The bill puts off until the new year some big disputed issues, including immigration, health care and the federal budget.
Also left unfinished is a bipartisan effort to smash budget limits that are imposing a freeze on the Pentagon and government agencies.
President Donald Trump is promising to work with Democrats next year, starting with shoring up the nation's crumbling roads and bridges.
He tweeted Friday, "I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion. Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start."
The president added, "It is time to start rebuilding our country!"
The statement of priorities came as Trump was preparing to leave for Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Florida. He is expected to release a framework for increased infrastructure spending in January, relying on a mix of federal, local and private spending. Trump has used the deadly train derailment in Seattle to call for more infrastructure spending. The accident happened on a newly completed bypass.
Congress is putting off until the new year some of its most disputed issues, including immigration, health care and the federal budget.
Before breaking for the holidays, the Republican-led House and Senate passed a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure on Friday before leaving Washington for a Christmas visit to his Florida estate.
Democrats were denied a vote on giving immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and in the country illegally an opportunity to become citizens. They expected to return to the issue when Congress meets after the holidays.
Also left unfinished is a bipartisan efforts to smash budget limits that are imposing a freeze on the Pentagon and domestic agencies.