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    Trump Signs Spending Bill to End Brief Government Shutdown

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    The new law that was approved by both chambers of the US Congress ends the brief federal government shutdown and removes spending caps for military and non-defense spending until 2019.

    US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to announce that he has signed the spending bill into law. The move comes shortly after the US House of Representatives and the Senate passed the bill.

    The US House passed the bill on Friday in a 240-186 vote. Prior to that 71 senators voted in favor of the bill and 28 opposed it, hours after the government shut down at midnight on Thursday when the budget funding expired.

    Trump said in another twitter statement that the bill increased spending on items he did not want or like in order to get Democratic votes.

    The legislation signed by Trump is a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for six more weeks, but it also raises sequestration budget caps for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by $296 billion, suspends the debt ceiling until March 2019 and includes an additional $90 billion in disaster relief for California, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    READ MORE: Twitter Explodes Over Second US Government Shutdown in Weeks

    In January, US government agencies also ceased their operations because of delays in the adoption of a temporary bill on the financing of such institutions, however, the Congress adopted a budget for the period until February 8.

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