House rolling out two-week stopgap spending plan

December 3, 2018

House Republicans on Monday said they have filed a bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 21 and push off an ongoing shutdown battle for a few weeks, as Washington presses pause on official business to mourn the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

Congress has already passed legislation to fund about three-quarters of the approximately $1.2 trillion federal discretionary budget next year. That includes funding for the defense, labor, health, and veterans affairs departments.

But if lawmakers don’t act before midnight Friday, funding for a number of other departments, such as the departments of commerce, justice, and homeland security, will lapse.

The key hang-up is money for President Trump’s desired U.S.-Mexico border wall in the homeland security funding bill.

Mr. Trump is pushing for $5 billion for the wall, which is in line what the House provided in its DHS funding bill.

Democrats say he should accept the $1.6 billion for border security senators included in their 2019 DHS bill.

Even still, Mr. Trump indicated over the weekend that he’d likely sign a stopgap extension to give lawmakers more time to negotiate in light of Mr. Bush’s death.

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