Trump Signs Temporary Spending Bill, Avoids Government Shutdown

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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President Donald Trump signed a continuing resolution (CR) on Thursday to prevent a government shutdown just hours before the government would run out of money.

The CR will fund the government from Nov. 21 to Dec. 20. The Senate passed the vote earlier Thursday 74-20. The current spending bill would have expired at 11:59:59 pm ET Thursday, according to the Washington Post. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have continued to be split over President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall funding, which was not included in this CR.

Democratic leadership in the House put together a spending package in September and gave it to members less than 24 hours before the Democrat-controlled House planned to vote on the legislation. (RELATED: House Democratic Leadership Unveils Last-Minute Spending Package)

President Donald Trump talks to journalists on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One and traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center October 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The situation is very similar to the shutdown before Christmas in 2018, when House leadership passed a continuing resolution earlier in 2018 and moved appropriations until the holiday season. The House Freedom Caucus then convinced President Donald Trump to hold out over wall funding, starting the longest shutdown in recent history which lasted until January of 2019. (RELATED: House Dems Release Plan To End Shutdown — No Wall Included)

Lawmakers will now have to figure out how to fund the government after Dec. 20.