Obama Signs Bill Pushing Back Shutdown Deadline 5 Days

With the hope that they can pass a longer-term plan next week, Congress on Friday sent a short-term spending bill to the White House for President Obama’s signature, according to The Associated Press. The bill keeps the government open until Wednesday. Obama signed the bill Friday evening.

The plan was approved by a voice vote Friday, ahead of a midnight deadline that would have resulted in a government shutdown if Congress hadn’t acted. Lawmakers expressed optimism that a longer-term deal could be struck by Wednesday.

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