Congress moves to delay shutdown fight

  • 2018-12-04
  • Politico
Congress is punting its shutdown fight over President Donald Trump's border wall until just before Christmas, delaying a brutal battle after the death of President George H.W. Bush essentially shut down the Capitol this week.

House leaders unveiled a bill Monday afternoon that will extend government funding until Dec. 21, moving a partial shutdown date two weeks down the road from this Friday's deadline.

And while lawmakers are hopeful that more negotiating time will help resolve a prolonged standoff around Trump's demand for $5 billion in wall funding, people in both parties lamented that two more weeks is unlikely to do much to change the overall dynamics of the impasse.

"We could have finished it today," groused Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "We've been negotiating all weekend."

"I don't know why we'd have [a spending bill] going to Dec. 21. We know what we have to do. Let's just get it done in a shorter period of time so we can go home for the holidays," agreed Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). He dubbed former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) "a grinch" for having the Senate in before a Christmas holiday in the past.
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