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Trump Signs Bill Averting Government Shutdown Before Midterms

  • Postpones fight over border wall until at least December
  • Includes $853 billion for defense and domestic programs
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump signed a $853 billion bill funding the military and domestic programs on Friday, averting a partial government shutdown ahead of the midterm elections and postponing a potential showdown over funding of a border wall until at least December.

The legislation is the latest in a series of funding bills Trump has begrudgingly approved at the behest of congressional Republicans, despite spending far beyond his preferred levels and a lack of money for his effort to construct a wall along the border with Mexico. Trump signed the measure on Friday and the White House later announced the action in a statement.