March 23, 2018 / 5:35 PM / in a year

Trump says he has signed $1.3 trln spending bill into law

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has signed Congress’ massive $1.3 trillion spending bill into law, funding the government through Sept. 30 and averting a government shutdown hours before funding was scheduled to lapse.

The signing came hours after Trump had threatened to veto the measure. It includes large increases in military and non-defense spending, and ends Congress’ long struggle to fund federal agencies since last autumn and allows lawmakers to now focus on November’s midterm congressional election.

Reporting by Susan Heavey Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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