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Trump signs bill ending US government shutdown

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    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States | Fri, February 9, 2018 | 09:45 pm
Trump signs bill ending US government shutdown US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with bipartisan members of the Senate on immigration at the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 9, 2018. (AFP/JIM WATSON)

President Donald Trump signed a crucial funding bill Friday, ending the second US government shutdown in three weeks.

"Just signed Bill," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Our Military will now be stronger than ever before ... Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"

On early Friday, the US Congress passed a crucial federal spending bill Friday after hours of delay, sending the measure for President Donald Trump's signature to end the nation's second government shutdown in three weeks.

The House voted 240 to 186 in support of a bipartisan package that extends funding until March 23, and which will reopen government hours after a conservative senator forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline, sparking the shutdown. 

Trump supports the measure and was expected to sign it into law on Friday, ending a serious and embarrassing drama on Capitol Hill over federal spending.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, acknowledged the perversity of the "entirely needless" shutdown, which may enter the history books as just a blip but speaks volumes about the political gridlock that defines Washington.

"A fifth CR, while one party controls all levels of government, shows the Republicans' inability to govern," said House Democrat Nita Lowey, referring to continuing resolutions that keep the government funded at the same level as the previous year.

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