President Trump on Friday signed a short-term spending bill that provides for a partial closure of the government for the time being, pushing the fight around its border wall just before Christmas.
The law extends government funding to the Ministry of Homeland Security, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies until 21 December. Funding for these agencies was due to expire today Friday, December 7 at midnight.
The White House and congressional leaders have agreed to extend funding for two weeks following the death of former President George H. W. Bush, who was honored at the Capitol this week.
The House and Senate passed the bill on Thursday. The White House announced that Friday Trump had signed it.
Trump and the congressional Democrats are stuck on spending money on Trump's long promised wall along the US-Mexico border. This is the problem that delays the completion of the expense invoices, which are already two months late.
If Congress and Trump do not act before December 21 at midnight, a government will partially end the government, which could affect hundreds of thousands of federal workers.
Trump is asking for $ 5 billion for the construction of walls, while Democrats want to spend $ 1.6 billion or less, and they want these funds to be spent on border security and fencing, as opposed to a wall concrete. Trump has long promised that Mexico would pay for the wall.
So far, we do not see how both sides could reach a compromise. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Will meet Trump Tuesday to discuss the issue.
Trump urged Thursday Schumer and Pelosi to approve money for wall security and border security, writing on Twitter that the country was facing the "Great Danger" caused by a wave of immigrants.
Pelosi and Schumer both said the wall was a non-starter, but they support border security. For Republicans who are on the verge of losing control of the House, this may be their last chance to secure significant funding for the Wall, a promise of signing campaign for Trump as well as for many GOP lawmakers .
Some 70% of the federal government – including the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services – have already been funded next September. But many other agencies, large or small, have still not been funded for the 2019 fiscal year, with Trump and the Democrats arguing over.