- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

President Trump on Friday signed the stopgap spending bill to to keep the government running until Dec. 22, said the White House, providing lawmakers breathing room to pass tax cuts and smooth out budget snags.

Congress passed the legislation late Thursday to avoid a government shutdown Saturday.

Mr. Trump and the Republican-run Congress still have some issues to resolve before passing a long-term spending bill before the next shutdown deadline.

Topping the list is resolving a standoff with Democrats over the fate of “Dreamers,” illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children who were given a temporary reprieve by the Obama administration but who could be deported beginning in March.

Mr. Trump has insisted that granting legal status to the Dreamers would have to come with funding for a border wall and other immigration enforcement measures.

Before settling that dispute, however, GOP lawmakers are hurrying to finish a major tax cut bill that is the centerpiece of Mr. Trump’s economic agenda and the last chance to score a legislative victory before the end of the year.

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