Trump Signs 2-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) -

President Donald Trump has signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22.

The president signed the two-week spending bill at the White House after Congress acted to prevent a government shutdown this weekend.

The White House and congressional leaders are negotiating a longer-term agreement.

The measure funds government agencies from the Defense Department to the IRS. It also makes money available to several states running out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides medical care to more than 8 million children.

The White House and lawmakers say the bill will give them more time to negotiate several year-end agenda items, including the budget, children’s health care and hurricane aid.