Trump Signs Spending Bill to Stave Off Shutdown Until December

Government Executive: President Trump on Friday signed into law a spending bill that will provide full-year appropriations for several federal agencies and stopgap funding for a portion of government, staving off a partial shutdown at least until December.

Trump had flirted with potentially not signing the “minibus”-plus-continuing resolution spending measure, calling the bill “ridiculous,” but ultimately opted to keep all of government open past the Sept. 30 deadline. The measure included full, line-by-line fiscal 2019 spending levels for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. It also included a continuing resolution to provide funding at fiscal 2018 levels through Dec. 7 for agencies that have not yet received regular appropriations. Trump has already signed into law a “minibus” bill setting spending for the departments of Energy and Veterans Affairs, as well as the legislative branch.

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