Trump signs stopgap, keeps government open for another week

President Donald Trump signed a stopgap bill that will fund the federal government for another week. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI

Dec. 12 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a one-week stopgap funding bill, hours before the government was set to shut down.

The legislation funds the government through Dec. 18, giving Congress another week to hammer out a deal for the new fiscal year.

The Senate passed the stopgap bill earlier Friday and the House passed passed it Wednesday.

Lawmakers have struggled since September to agree to a sweeping omnibus funding bill that would settle federal agency budgets and provide billions in aid related to the pandemic.

An agreement on a $1.4 trillion omnibus has been held up by disagreements over immigration provisions, abortion language and other items.

Meanwhile, Congress is also working to come to terms on another round of COVID-19 stimulus, which is expected to be intertwined with the final spending bill.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., both threatened to try to block the stopgap bill unless the Senate voted on legislation providing another round of $1,200 stimulus checks to individuals.

“We will deal with the financial crisis facing tens of millions of Americans,” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “And if I have anything to say about it, and I guess I do, we’re not going to go home for the Christmas holidays unless we make sure that we provide for the millions of families in this country who are suffering.”


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