Obama Signs Stopgap Spending Bill Into Law

Extends government funding through Dec. 9

President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. listens during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. listens during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted September 29, 2016 at 2:46pm

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.