Trump signs $1.4 trillion spending bill to avert government shutdown

The measure guarantees government funding through Sept. 30, 2020.

December 21, 2019, 12:01 AM

President Donald Trump signed a massive funding bill Friday evening to avert the possibility of a government shutdown in the new year.

The $1.4 trillion spending package, which includes a boost in domestic spending backed by Democrats as well as an increase in military spending favored by Republicans, will keep the government funded through Sept. 30, 2020.

Trump signed the legislation aboard Air Force One on his way from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he'll be spending the holidays.

PHOTO: US President Donald Trump waves as he US First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump arrive at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach on December 20, 2019.
US President Donald Trump waves as he US First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump arrive at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach on December 20, 2019.
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Among the funds provided by the legislation are pay raises for federal workers and military personnel, funding for election security and gun violence research, and money for Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Funding for the wall was the main sticking point in last year's budget impasse, which led to a 35-day partial government shutdown. Today's legislation avoids a repeat of that scenario.

The bill will add approximately $400 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years.

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