Trump signs short-term spending bill to prevent government shutdown

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President Donald Trump signed a spending bill early Thursday to prevent an imminent government shutdown.

The Senate voted 84-10 to pass the bipartisan bill, extending federal agency funding to Dec. 11 and avoiding a potentially nasty fight ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The House already passed the bill in a 359-57 vote last week.

Trump signed the bill after returning to the White House from a campaign event in Minnesota, right as federal funds ran dry.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin negotiated the short-term deal — though they continue to be at odds over further coronavirus relief legislation that would send out more stimulus checks and revive an expired unemployment insurance supplement.

The funding extension secures money for a host of programs set to lapse on Sept. 30, from transit to health care, and would finance a new White House transition should Joe Biden win.

Pelosi said in a statement earlier the bill adds $8 billion in food assistance over current spending levels for lower-income Americans and prevents the use of “funds for farmers” held by the Commodity Credit Corporation “from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.”

With Post wires