Trump signs 2-week spending bill to avoid shutdown

Posted: Updated:

By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22.

The president signed the two-week spending measure in private at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. The funding reprieve comes as the White House and congressional leaders are negotiating a longer-term agreement, building off a Thursday meeting involving Trump and congressional leaders.

The White House and lawmakers said the bill will give them more time to negotiate several end-of-the-year agenda items, including the budget, a children’s health program and hurricane aid. Administration and congressional aides were continuing the talks on Friday.

“We hope that we’re going to make some great progress for our country. I think that will happen,” Trump said Thursday in the Oval Office. Added Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York: “Funding the government is extremely important, helping our soldiers is very important and helping average citizens is very important. So we’re here in the spirit of: Let’s get it done.”

The two-week measure funds government agencies from the Defense Department to the IRS. It also makes money available to several states running out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The popular health care program provides medical care to more than 8 million children.

The White House and lawmakers have been discussing relief from a budget freeze on the Pentagon and domestic agencies, extending the children’s health program and providing more disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.

Negotiators are also seeking ways of addressing protections for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Republican leaders have said they agree with the need to address immigration, including the almost 1 million immigrants given protections by former President Barack Obama. Trump has sought stronger border security and immigration enforcement as part of the talks and the White House said Thursday that “negotiations on immigration should be held separately on a different track” to avoid slowing down funding increases for the Pentagon.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health

    Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:35 AM EST2018-02-21 11:35:46 GMT
    (New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube) New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation setting aside about $7.5 million in funding for family-planning and women's health, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.(New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube) New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation setting aside about $7.5 million in funding for family-planning and women's health, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million in funding for family-planning and women's health.

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million in funding for family-planning and women's health.

  • Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

    Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:14 AM EST2018-02-21 12:14:22 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:17 AM EST2018-02-21 12:17:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) Donald Trump Jr. poses for photographers during a photo call in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup) Donald Trump Jr. poses for photographers during a photo call in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

    Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns.

    Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns.

  • Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time

    Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:16 PM EST2018-02-20 18:16:25 GMT
    (@GovMurphy /Twitter) Gov. Phil Murphy with his picks for Secretary of Higher Education (Zakiya Smith Ellis), Chair and Chief Administrator of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (Sue Fulton), and Chair of the Civil Service Commission (Deirdre Webster Cobb).(@GovMurphy /Twitter) Gov. Phil Murphy with his picks for Secretary of Higher Education (Zakiya Smith Ellis), Chair and Chief Administrator of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (Sue Fulton), and Chair of the Civil Service Commission (Deirdre Webster Cobb).

    New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.

    New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."