Obama signs bill to fund government until December

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Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election. Photo by Eric E Johnson/via Flickr

WASHINGTON — 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 Nov. 8 election.

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

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

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