Trump signs spending bill, averting partial shutdown

Trump signs spending bill, averting partial shutdown

President Donald Trump visits Capitol Hill during the government shutdown, January 9, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Jan. 9, 19. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a spending bill Friday that takes the threat of a partial government shutdown off the table through September, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Friday.

Funding for about 25 percent of the government was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

The spending bill included proposals put forward by a bipartisan, bicameral committee on border security, and allocates $1.375 billion for a physical barrier along the border.

The money would be spent to build 55 miles of fencing in the Rio Grande Valley.

The legislation includes a provision requested by Democrats to limit the number of beds for detainees held at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities to about 40,000.

The legislation funds outstanding executive departments at existing levels through Sept. 30.

On Thursday, the White House announced that Trump intended to sign the bill, but would also declare a national emergency in order to shore up additional funding for a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.

Trump signed the declaration shortly before the spending bill.

The government partially shut down between Dec. 22, 2018 and Jan. 5, 2019, leaving 800,000 federal workers either kept home or working with delayed pay.

The 35-day funding lapse marked the longest in U.S. history.

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