Washington (CNN)The threat of a partial government shutdown looms over Washington as lawmakers push to extend a spending deadline that is just days away, as Democrats and Republicans debate how to resolve a standoff over President Donald Trump’s border wall demand.
On Monday afternoon, House Republicans have filed a continuing resolution to fund the remaining parts of the government until Friday, December 21, two weeks after the current December 7 deadline. The House will still need to pass the extension, as will the Senate, and Trump will need to sign it, a move the President has signaled he’s willing to do, not wanting to have a major showdown until after former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral proceedings (Congress will be out of session for part of the week because of it).
A stop-gap funding measure could temporarily delay a spending showdown. But Democrats and Republicans appeared to be at an impasse over the President’s promise of a border wall, raising the question: which side will blink first?