President Barack Obama has signed legislation to keep U.S. government operations funded at the existing level through Dec. 11 and prevent a federal shutdown Thursday, USA Today reported Wednesday.
Erin Kelly writes the Senate voted 78-20 earlier Wednesday to approve the stopgap funding bill, followed by the House’s passage of the bill through a 277-151 vote late Wednesday before it became law with Obama’s signature.
The stopgap measure extends agency funds based on current annual spending rate of $1.017 trillion and provides an additional $700 million for wildfire-fighting operations throughout the country, the New York Times reports.
According to David Herszenhorn‘s article, the House on Wednesday also voted to pass a separate resolution designed to stop the government’s financial support of Planned Parenthood.
Reuters reported the funding extension gives the White House and Congress about 10 weeks to design a potential long-term budget and find ways to ease sequestration’s effects on military and non-defense programs.