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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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.