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Trump Signs Temp. Gov't Funding Bill   10/01 06:10

   President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 
11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown when the new fiscal year 
starts Thursday.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the 
government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown 
when the new fiscal year starts Thursday.

   Trump signed the bill, which was approved by sweeping bipartisan agreement 
Wednesday, into law early Thursday morning shortly after returning from 
campaigning in Minnesota.

   The temporary extension will set the stage for a lame-duck session of 
Congress later this year, where the agenda will be largely determined by the 
outcome of the presidential election.

   The measure would keep the government running through Dec. 11 and passed by 
a 84-10 vote. The House passed the bill last week.

   The stopgap spending bill is required because the GOP-controlled Senate has 
not acted on any of the 12 annual spending bills that fund the 30% of the 
government's budget that is passed by Congress each year. If Democratic nominee 
Joe Biden wins the White House in November, it's likely that another stopgap 
measure would fund the government into next year and that the next 
administration and Congress would deal with the leftover business.

   The measure is the bare minimum accomplishment for Capitol Hill's powerful 
Appropriations committees, who pride themselves on their deal-making abilities 
despite gridlock in other corners of Congress.

   The legislation --- called a continuing resolution, or CR, in 
Washington-speak --- would keep every federal agency running at current funding 
levels through Dec. 11, which will keep the government afloat past an election 
that could reshuffle Washington's balance of power.

   The measure also extends many programs whose funding or authorizations lapse 
on Sept. 30, including the federal flood insurance program, highway and transit 
programs, and a long set of extensions of various health programs, such as a 
provision to prevent Medicaid cuts to hospitals that serve many poor people.

   It also finances the possible transition to a new administration if Biden 
wins the White House and would stave off an unwelcome COVID-caused increase in 
Medicare Part B premiums for outpatient doctor visits.

   Farm interests won language that would permit Trump's farm bailout to 
continue without fear of interruption. In exchange, House Democrats won $8 
billion in food aid for the poor.

 
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