WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed into law a short-term spending bill that Congress approved to keep the government running until a full agreeement is finalized, the White House said on Saturday.
The temporary "continuing resolution," which the White House said Obama signed Saturday, provides a stopgap to Dec. 23 to give Obama time to sign a $915 billion spending bill that the Senate passed on Saturday.
That fuller spending bill funds federal activities through next September and had cleared the House of Representatives on Friday.
A number of government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency and Labor Department, faced the possibility of shutting down this weekend without the legislation to replenish their funding.
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