Government Shutdown Averted After Trump Signs Spending Bill
The legislation includes a big bump for the National Institutes of Health, as well as an overall increase in funding for HHS.
The Associated Press:
Trump Signs Spending Plan, Avoiding Government Shutdown
President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill on Friday to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to November's pivotal midterm elections. Trump signed the legislation to fund the military and several civilian agencies without journalists present as the fate of his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, continued to hang in the balance. The House and Senate approved the spending plan earlier this week. (9/28)
The Washington Post:
Trump Signs Bill That Averts Government Shutdown, Sets Up Fight Over Border Wall
Funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the labor and education departments, would grow to $178 billion, a $1 billion increase and $11 billion more than the White House originally requested. This was a major priority for Democrats. Because Republicans only narrowly control the Senate, they need support from Democrats to pass spending bills. (Paletta, 9/28)