• President Trump Signs Spending Bill with Stopgap Funding through December 7
  • October 3, 2018
  • At a glance

    • President Trump has signed a bill to fund the federal government through December 7, averting a federal shutdown on September 30.
    • Immigration programs set to expire on September 30 will be reauthorized through December 7, including the E-Verify and EB-5 Regional Center programs.

    The situation

    Today, President Trump signed a spending bill containing a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 7 while negotiations on the FY 2019 budget continue. Passage of the law averts a government shutdown after September 30.

    In recent weeks, President Trump had signaled he would not sign the spending bill due to its lack of funding for a border wall with Mexico. However, shortly before the House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this week, President Trump stated his intention to sign the bill and avoid a government shutdown.

    What it means

    The law ensures there will be no disruption to federal government operations through December 7 and extends until that date four immigration programs that were set to expire on September 30:

    • The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system;
    • The EB-5 Regional Center permanent residence program for foreign investors;
    • The Conrad 30 waiver program for foreign medical graduates who will work in areas of the United States that are underserved by physicians; and
    • The special immigrant non-minister religious worker permanent residence program.
    Congress will continue to work on the FY 2019 budget, including appropriations for the Departments of Homeland Security and State.