President Obama OKs 5-Day Funding Extension

WhiteHousePresident Barack Obama approved a stopgap bill before midnight Friday to head off a government shutdown and extend funding through Wednesday, The Hill newspaper reported Friday.

Bloomberg reports the five-day government funding extension was cleared by the Senate Thursday and approved by the House earlier Friday through voice votes.

Congressional leaders have been negotiating a $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal 2016 and said they expect to unveil the legislation by Monday.

According to the story by Erik Wasson and Bill House, some lawmakers proposed to include policy riders about tax breaks, resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. and the visa waiver program into the omnibus.

“I believe we’re making good progress on a final-year package,” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was quoted as saying by GovExec.

Federal agencies have developed contingency plans for use in the event of a shutdown, GovExec reports.

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