President Trump today signed a continuing budget resolution that will fund Federal government operations at Fiscal Year 2020 spending levels through Dec. 11. The President’s approval of funding legislation passed by the House Sept. 22 and the Senate Sept. 30 narrowly averted a government shutdown following the end of FY2020 yesterday.

H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, passed the Senate on an 84-10 vote earlier this week, and cleared the House 359-57. Now, members of Congress will have until after the November election to negotiate FY2021 appropriations.

“This bipartisan continuing resolution will keep government open, prevent a devastating shutdown, and allow additional time to negotiate full-year appropriations bills,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., said. “I am particularly pleased that Democrats prevailed in securing nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for struggling Americans. Democrats will build on this victory to negotiate full appropriations bills that invest for the people.”

The CR legislation overcame a hurdle earlier this week as lawmakers debated the inclusion of farm subsidies, but the final bill ultimately included them. The continuing resolution also includes appropriations for programs with a lapse in authorization, such as certain Federally funded health provisions.

The president signed a similar continuing resolution last year when the Federal government faced a lapse in fiscal year funds.

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Katie Malone is a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.