JUST IN: Trump delays possible government shutdown

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The White House announced on Friday evening that President Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill to temporarily avoid a government shutdown.

Trump’s action will fund the government through May 5, 2017, and in doing so provides lawmakers more time to reach an agreement on an omnibus spending bill. If successful, the bill will keep the government operational through the remainder of the current fiscal year which ends on September 30.

The legislation was widely accepted by Congress. Te Senate approved the measure by voice vote after the House voted 382-30 to pass it.

Had Trump not signed the bill, the government would have shutdown at midnight right as the Trump administration entered its 100th day.

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