Lawmakers agree to push back shutdown deadline by 2 weeks

Congressional leaders on Monday agreed to a two-week government funding measure that would push back a shutdown deadline to Dec. 21. 
 
Democrats and Republicans are deadlocked in negotiations over funding President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE's proposed border wall and have been facing a Dec. 7 deadline to reach a spending deal to avert a partial government shutdown. Trump has demanded $5 billion for the wall, while congressional Democrats are unwilling to provide more than $1.6 billion for border security that's included in a previous funding bill.
 
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Following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, lawmakers postponed a series of votes for his memorials and funeral, leaving little time to hammer out an agreement.
 
The two-week stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, would extend current funding levels and make Dec. 21 the new deadline for reaching a long-term spending deal. The agreement also would extend for two weeks the deadline for funding the National Flood Insurance Program.