House rolling out two-week stopgap spending plan

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Lawmakers are considering taking up a one-week spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown by Friday, a move created to put off a major showdown until after former President George H.W. Bush's funeral proceedings, according to a source briefed on the talks.

House leaders canceled roll call votes this week for ceremonies honoring Bush, who died Friday, meaning an extension will be needed to avert a funding lapse. And even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion already provided.

A person close to funeral planning told the Post that while the family had pure motives in inviting the Trumps, they also wanted to ensure the funeral was carried out according to the family's wishes, including the use of Air Force One to carry his remains to and back from Washington, D.C.

Sen. Charles Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the two Democratic leaders, also asked the president to postpone a scheduled meeting today that would have touched upon the spending debate, according to a Democratic aide.

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Trump tweeted Monday: "We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall".

Conservative Republicans say that with the Democrats taking over the House in January, now could be their last chance to secure border wall money for Mr. Trump.

If Congress can't agree on border security or wall funding, one solution being considered by lawmakers is a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through the fiscal year.

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The bill must pass the House and Senate, but leaders don't expect that to be a serious hurdle.

Trump said he's likely to sign the short-term CR into law, which would prevent a partial shutdown of operations at the nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller agencies still without full-year appropriations.

"There is a possible shutdown if we don't get the wall", Trump said Thursday as he departed the White House for the G-20 Summit in Argentina.

The president also said that Melania Trump will be giving former first lady Laura Bush a tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Saturday it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats". Federal funding for those agencies is set to expire at midnight Friday.

Almost three-quarters of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through September 30, 2019, but the stalemate remains over wall funding and several remaining federal agencies.

A group of border-state House Democrats sent Schumer a letter last week expressing opposition to any funding for the wall, which they said would separate local communities and antagonize Mexico.

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