Congress May Delay Spending Fight Until After George H.W. Bush Funeral

The American flag flies at half-staff in honor of former President George H.W. Bush outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2018. (Credit: ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The American flag flies at half-staff in honor of former President George H.W. Bush outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2018. (Credit: ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With President George H.W. Bush lying in state in the Capitol rotunda for much of the week, Congress is considering extending a Dec. 7 deadline and giving itself up to two more weeks to pass spending bills needed to avoid a partial government shutdown.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security and several other agencies is set to expire Friday evening, and Congress is openly arguing with the White House over how much to provide for the president’s border wall. But all involved seem inclined to avoid a bitter spending debate so close to Bush’s death and during a period of mourning.

President Trump told reporters Sunday on Air Force One that he was open to delaying the spending fight for up to two weeks, opening the possibility of a shutdown just days before Christmas.

“If they [lawmakers] come, which they have, to talk about an extension because of President Bush’s passing,” Trump said, “I would absolutely consider it and probably give it.”

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