Congress heads to stopgap bill to avert government shutdown

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Most legislation requires 60 votes on the Senate floor, meaning Republicans - who now hold a narrow two-seat majority - will need Democrats to help pass any spending bills.

There was a fear that President Donald Trump might shut down the government because he hasn't received the requested funding for his US-Mexico border wall.

President Trump has also called for a permanent solution to the Obama-era DACA program along with other reforms to the immigration system.

Democrats have long held off on giving into Trump's demand for funding to build his border wall, which he promised Mexico would pay for throughout his 2016 presidential campaign.

Democrats have little interest in providing the $5 billion Trump wants for the southern border, and with the party set to take control of the House in the new year, opposition to the wall has hardened. The meeting has been tentatively rescheduled for December 11, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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"If they [congressional leaders] come to talk about an extension because of President Bush's passing, I would absolutely consider it and probably give it", Trump said.

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.

The House and Senate are expected to approve the new deadline at some point this week.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, predicted that Democrats would be blamed for any shutdown, though Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government over wall funding.

McConnell told reporters over the weekend that it's up to Trump "to do a deal with the Democrats".

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

Lawmakers say they're close to finalizing six of the remaining seven bills.

The current deadline is midnight on Friday, Dec. 7.

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