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Congress Approves Two-Week Stopgap Funding Measure

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On Thursday, December 6th, a two-week continuing resolution was passed by voice vote in the House and Senate that should avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight on December 7th. Friday’s deadline for a potential partial government shutdown was extended due to the national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday which threw a bit of a monkey wrench in the funding negotiations. Congress has now until midnight on Friday, December 21st to pass the last six appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 19), with expected contentious negotiations over the next couple of weeks for the funding of the border wall.