Congress Nears Deal To Extend Funding, Delays Possible Shutdown

December 03, 2018 - 4:26 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — Congress is expected to vote this week to push back the upcoming government shutdown deadline that had been set for Friday.

Leaders in the House and Senate are reportedly looking at a plan to extend the deadline by two weeks.

According to Politico congressional reporter Kyle Cheney, the congressional schedule was thrown off by the passing of former President George H.W. Bush and as the nation enters a week of remembrance and mourning, he believes there isn’t much enthusiasm to dive into a fight over the issue this week.

The two sides have been going head-to-head over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and Cheney believes the Democrats are not likely to compromise on the issue.

“That is the issue, you know there's always a slew of issues below the surface, but that that is the one where the president is saying ‘if I don't get what I want on this, I’m vetoing it and we’re gonna have a shutdown,’” Cheney explained.

As of now, it doesn’t seem clear what the compromise will be between the two parties that will also appease President Donald Trump, who had built his entire political campaign around the border wall issue in 2016.

There’s expected to be extensive debates on the issue over the next two weeks.

When Congress votes to extend the deadline for a shutdown, the new date will fall right in the middle of the Christmas season, which may provide more incentive for lawmakers to leave town for the holidays.

Additionally, Trump was set to meet with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer Tuesday to discuss the matter. However, the meeting was postponed due to funeral services for President Bush.