Trump Signs Bill to Keep Government’s Lights on Through Dec. 22

The continuing resolution passed both chambers of Congress Thursday

President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 22, according to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

The House and Senate passed the measure on Thursday, averting a government shutdown, for now.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, both North Carolina Republicans, have been negotiating details of the spending bill that would follow a Dec. 22 stopgap with GOP leaders.

They’ve discussed a measure that would fully fund defense programs through the end of the fiscal year above sequestration caps and keep other agencies funded at current levels through late January under a continuing resolution. Attachments they hope may draw Democratic support in the Senate, like the disaster aid supplemental and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, are also part of the strategy.

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Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report. 

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