Obama Signs Short-Term Bill to Keep Government from Shutting Down

Bill would fund the government past November elections

President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week.

Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another 10 weeks beyond the November 8 election.

Members of congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when the meet in the lame-duck session after the election.

The bill Obama signed on Thursday will also provide $1.1 billion to address the Zika virus crisis. And it has $500 million to help Louisiana flood victims.

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