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Trump Signs Short-Term Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending measure to avert a government shutdown—just hour..

President Donald Trump signed a short-term spending measure to avert a government shutdown—just hours before the midnight deadline.

Trump signed the bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 20.

The House had passed the continuing resolution earlier this week before sending it to the Senate, which approved the bill before it was sent to Trumps desk on Thursday evening. The Senate passed it 74-20 earlier in the day.

Some lawmakers have remarked to media outlets that with the Thanksgiving holiday looming, they will only have about 15 working days to come up with a new deal before the Christmas break.

Last December, a battle over border wall funding, which Democrats largely oppose, triggered a 35-day government shutdown that lasted until the next year.

“I am optimistic that the passage of the continuing resolution today is something Congress can build from, a sign that appropriators from both sides of the aisle are ready to work together to settle government funding by the end of the calendar year,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had told reporters Thursday morning.

“These are things we must do,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as he lamented the lack of a full-year spending package. “There are plenty of optional things that arent being done because we cant philosophically agree on them,” he told reporters on Nov. 20,

He added: “But government spending, the defense bill we passed each year since 1961, the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada sitting there un-acted upon? Really, this is outrageous and needs to come to a stop.”

The Senate voted down an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would have enacted a 1 percent spending cut.

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