Trump Sidesteps Gov’t Shutdown With The Swipe Of His Pen

President Donald Trump signed a continuing budget resolution Friday afternoon that will keep the government funded for the next two weeks, setting up another budget deal Congress must work out before the Christmas recess.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Friday that Trump “just signed H.J. Res 123 – the short term CR that provides FY18 appropriations to fund the fed govt thru Friday Dec. 22.”

Members of the House and Senate will have to again deal with the 2018 budget appropriations in late December to avoid the government from shutting down. After the Dec. 22 deadline, funding for agencies that provide services the government deems “non-essential,” like federal museums or national parks, could get temporarily cut if Congress fails to strike an agreement.

House and Senate lawmakers have twice been able to avoid a government shutdown in 2017. If they are able to do it for a third time in December, members will have to pass another continuing resolution in January 2018.

Congressional leadership met with the president at the White House Thursday and left reportedly feeling optimistic about their chances of passing another budget resolution in the coming weeks.

“We had a good meeting. We agreed to keep talking,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters following the White House sit down with Trump.

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