Spending Bills Adopted Averting Shutdown

As time was set to run out on stop-gap funding, President Trump signed into law a pair of bills that will set line-by-line funding for every agency in the federal government and provide most with a significant funding boost, avoiding a midnight shutdown.
 
The bills will allocate $1.4 trillion: $738 billion to the military and $632 billion to non-defense agencies, increases over fiscal 2019 of $22 billion for the Pentagon and $27 billion for non-defense. 
 
Top lawmakers reached an agreement with the Trump administration last week on the spending after months of negotiations and two continuing resolutions. The two bills were unveiled earlier in the week, dividing spending into national security and domestic categories.  The House approved them on Tuesday and the Senate agreed late Thursday. 
 
In a letter to federal workers thanking them for their "devoted and vigilant efforts" and noting "major improvements" signaled that he had signed off on the bills by week's end. 
 
Included in the final appropriations language were policy changes that will impact federal employees and operations across government, including a 3.1% pay raise for the entire workforce. 
 
The measures will keep agencies funded through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, setting the stage for the next spending fight weeks before the 2020 presidential election.



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