Trump signs stopgap funding bill to prevent shutdown

Trump signs stopgap funding bill to prevent shutdown
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos 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 RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting Democratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans 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.