Both the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution today to fund the government for two weeks, through Dec. 21, to allow more time to negotiate funding for nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller federal agencies.
President Trump has said he will sign the stopgap funding measure, but he still wants $5 billion for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border when longer-term negotiations resume. Government funding talks were suspended earlier this week due to observances in the nation’s capital for former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday.
Talks will resume next week when Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are expected to visit Trump at the White House. Schumer’s position has been that Senate Democrats have already agreed to $1.6 billion for border security in 2019 but will not give Trump the $5 billion he wants for the wall.
Pelosi said this week that her preference is for Congress to complete six of the seven remaining appropriations measures and fund the Department of Homeland Security on a continuing resolution (at current funding levels) through the remainder of fiscal 2019.
Congress already passed spending bills earlier this year to fund about 75 percent of the government, and gave big increases to the Pentagon, the Health and Human Services Department and other agencies. In addition to Homeland Security, other agencies that would be affected by a partial government shutdown if no deal is reached include the Interior and Agriculture Departments, the Justice Department, the Commerce Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Transportation Department.