Trump signs stopgap funding bill to prevent shutdown

Trump signs stopgap funding bill to prevent shutdown
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President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE on Friday signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, according to the White House. 

Trump signed the measure without fanfare, one day after Congress sent it to his desk. 

The measure funds the government until Dec. 22, giving congressional leaders two more weeks to negotiate a broader spending agreement. 

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Democrats and Republicans have been at an impasse over a long-term government funding deal. 

The two parties have been unable to agree on spending levels and are sparring over whether to include a measure to aid young immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill On The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) met with Trump at the White House on Thursday to try and hammer out an agreement. 

The White House sounded optimistic a deal is in reach, with one official saying afterward the parties tentatively agreed to defense spending levels, one of the main snags in the talks.

Leaders in both parties, however, painted a less rosy picture of the meeting and said no agreement was at hand.

The leaders are expected to continue the talks on Friday.