Obama signs stopgap spending bill that averts shutdown

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., center, leaves the offices of Speaker of the House John Boehner shortly before the House approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government open, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., center, leaves the offices of Speaker of the House John Boehner shortly before the House approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government open, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved the stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government open, but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has signed a short-term spending bill that averts a government shutdown and gives Congress and the president about 10 more weeks to fashion a longer-lasting budget deal.

The House and Senate each voted to approve the bill earlier Wednesday.

The White House issued a statement hours before Obama signed the bill saying Americans deserve far better than last-minute, short-term legislating.

The legislation finances the government through Dec. 11, providing 10 weeks to negotiate a more wide-ranging budget deal that would carry past the 2016 presidential election. But the talks promise to be difficult, and success is not assured.

The administration is seeking to boost spending on defense and domestic programs in the coming negotiations, while many conservatives want to block spending increases, or limit them to defense.

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