Policy

Obama Signs Stopgap Spending Bill Into Law

Extends government funding through Dec. 9

With President Barack Obama's signature, the stopgap spending bill extends government funding through Dec. 9. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a spending package to keep government agencies funded into December. The measure also includes $1.1 billion to respond to the Zika virus outbreak, $500 million for flood relief in Louisiana and other states, and fiscal 2017 appropriations for military construction and veterans' programs.

The continuing resolution was cleared by the House on Wednesday night on a 342-85 vote and earlier in the day, it was passed by the Senate, 72-26. The legislation extends government funding until Dec. 9, when lawmakers are expected to be in Washington for a lame-duck session after the election.

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