President Barack Obama signed a spending extension into law Wednesday evening after Congress approved the stop-gap measure. Jennifer Davis reports.
After weeks of infighting, a government shutdown has been averted. The White House said President Barack Obama signed the spending extension into law late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he welcomed news of Congressional progress with a tinge of sarcasm while talking with a group of progressive state legislators in Washington. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The good news is that it looks like the Republicans will just barely avoid shutting down the government for the second time in two years. That's a somewhat low bar but we should celebrate where we can." First the Senate, and then the House of Representatives approved the legislation - just hours before a midnight deadline. The stop-gap measure extends funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11 and gives congressional negotiators and President Obama about 10 weeks to work out a longer-term budget deal.