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President Trump signs one-week spending bill to avert midnight shutdown

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On December 11, 2020, President Trump signed a spending bill into law that authorizes government programs for another week, giving the White House and Congress a short window to try to resolve numerous budget disagreements. The week-long continuing resolution will run through Dec. 18, 2020. 

Although Congress has known for four months about the December 11 deadline, lawmakers sought to use the deadline to force action on a long-stalled emergency economic relief package. With the stimulus talks now in the twelfth hour, the approved one-week “continuing resolution” buys a little more time to negotiate over the details of a broad omnibus spending package — or another temporary funding stopgap if members can’t reach an agreement within the next few days.