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U.S. Federal Budget Battle Postponed for at Least One More Week

As previously reported, the budget authorisation process for the U.S. federal government is divided into 12 appropriations bills of which only five have been passed for the new fiscal year. Funding for the agencies covered by the pending seven bills (including U.S. Customs and Border Protection) is currently set to expire on 7 December. However, with the state funeral planned for former president George H.W. Bush on 5 December and the Washington-based federal government offices closed on that day, President Trump and Congress are discussing extending the budget by continuing resolution until 18 December or 21 December. The president has been battling with Congress on a number of budgetary matters, including a request to appropriate US$5 billion for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

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