By Ethan Weston
December 7, 2017
The U.S. House and the Senate passed a short-term spending bill Thursday, hoping to head off a possible government shutdown.
Now, it’s up to President Trump to sign the bill — which he’s expected to do. The shutdown would have triggered at midnight on Friday.
The temporary spending bill passed the House largely along party lines. But the Senate needed — and got — a more bipartisan effort to beat the Friday deadline.
The bill would keep the government open through Dec. 22. But Republicans and Democrats still need to hammer out a larger budget deal before this short-term compromise expires.