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Lawmakers agree to push back shutdown deadline by 2 weeks

Congressional leaders on Monday agreed to a two-week government funding measure that would push back a shutdown deadline to Dec. 21. 
Democrats and Republicans are deadlocked in negotiations over funding President Trump‘s proposed border wall and have been facing a Dec. 7 deadline to reach a spending deal to avert a partial government shutdown. Trump has demanded $5 billion for the wall, while congressional Democrats are unwilling to provide more than $1.6 billion for border security that’s included in a previous funding bill.
Following the death of former President George H. W. Bush, lawmakers postponed a series of votes for his memorials and funeral, leaving little time to hammer out an agreement.
The two-week stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, would extend current funding levels and make Dec. 21 the new deadline for reaching a long-term spending deal. The agreement also would extend for two week the deadline for funding the National Flood Insurance Program.
This article originally appeared on The Hill

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