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Trump signs two-week spending bill to avoid government shutdown

IANS  |  Washington 

US has signed a two-week spending bill to extend funding, averting a partial shutdown and delaying an expected partisan fight over the proposed border wall.

The legislation, which would keep the and several other government agencies open through December 21, came on Friday, reports

The prospect of a partial government shutdown was raised by disagreements among lawmakers over Trump's proposed US-border wall, for which he has demanded $5 billion.

has said that his party members were only willing to agree to a $1.6 billion budget to bolster border security instead of building a physical wall.

Republicans currently hold 51 seats in the and need nine Democratic votes to pass a spending bill.

Trump had threatened to force a partial government shutdown if the did not give him enough funding for the wall.

The and congressional leaders agreed to the two-week funding extension in light of the death of former last week.

On Thursday, both the and the passed the continuing resolution to extend the funding.

The US had already passed spending bills for five government agencies for the fiscal year 2019, which began on October 1, and it still needs to decide on the funding for seven more agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, Justice Department and Agriculture Department.

The was briefly shut down twice this year due to lawmakers' discrepancy on immigration issues.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 12:00 IST
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