Trump averted another government shutdown amid budget controversy

Trump averted another government shutdown amid budget controversy

The incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump extended government funding for another 24 hours, until December 21 inclusive.

The American leader signed a corresponding resolution, which had been previously adopted by both chambers of Congress. Such a measure allowed again to avoid the so-called “shutdown” – the suspension of the U.S. federal agencies. It is assumed that this will give congressmen and senators enough time to fully agree on the government’s budget for the next year.

Earlier, Trump had already signed a similar resolution that extended government funding for two days. It expired at midnight on December 21.

Fierce debate between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress over the pandemic coronavirus package to help citizens for months had continued. On Dec. 20, the two sides finally managed to agree on a $900 billion stimulus package. The initiative is expected to be voted on Dec. 21.