Lawmakers seek to push back government shutdown deadline

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The House and Senate plan to vote this week to delay the government shutdown deadline by two weeks to avoid a showdown this week, as politicians and the public pay their respects to the late former President George H.W. Bush, a House leadership aide said Monday.

Leaders in both chambers want to approve a funding extension before Friday’s deadline to keep the government open through Dec. 21.

The Republican-controlled Congress was pushing for a deal this week, but Democrats would not go along with President Trump’s demand for $5 billion for his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Senate Democrats say they will agree to up to $1.6 billion for border security and fencing, but not for a wall.

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