Congress passes brief spending bill, averts shutdown for now
WASHINGTON – Congress has given itself two more weeks to pass a federal budget and avoid a government shutdown.
The House and the Senate voted Thursday to pass a short-term spending bill that would keep the government running until Dec. 21. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who has said he is open to signing it.
Without the two-week extension, the government would have run out of money at midnight Friday.