Trump signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE on Friday signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown, the White House said.  

The measure will fund certain government agencies for two weeks, until Dec. 21. The House and Senate unanimously passed the bill this week. 

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The move essentially punts a contentious debate over Trump's desire for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border since former President George H.W. Bush's funeral services halted congressional business ahead of the initial Dec. 7 funding deadline. 

Republicans and Democrats have been locked in a stalemate for months over how much money to provide for Trump's border wall. 

The House included $5 billion for the wall and other border security measures in a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. But the Senate only offered $1.6 billion in border funds. 

Trump has repeatedly threatened to trigger a partial shutdown if he does not get the wall funding he requested.