George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush laid to rest in private ceremony at presidential library

Train painted like Air Force One for George H.W. Bush's funeral
Funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush's casket to Bush presidential library in college station. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Before George H.W. Bush was laid to rest next to his wife Barbara and daughter Robin at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, a procession took place from Houston to Texas A&M University's library grounds via presidential funeral train, the first such procession since Dwight Eisenhower, the Associated Press reports.

Details: In 2005, the locomotive was unveiled for a special exhibit at the library, and was intended to be used to pull the late president’s funeral train. "The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies," the AP writes.

Congress passes short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown

Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Both houses of Congress passed a continuing resolution on Thursday to push the government shutdown deadline to Dec. 21.

The big picture: The shutdown standoff — originally set for this week — was delayed after the death of former President George H.W. Bush. Democrats are still refusing to give Trump the $5 billion he wants for his border wall, though Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has reportedly offered the president $1.6 billion for border security — a move that prompted backlash from many progressives. A meeting between Trump, Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also been delayed until next week, Politico reports.

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