YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN/AP) – President Obama signed a short-term funding bill Thursday after members of Congress sent it to him late Wednesday night.
The bill includes $1.1 billion in what lawmakers say is “long-delayed funding” to battle the Zika virus.
Senator Sherrod Brown is a big supporter of funding to fight the virus, and says the bill will diffuse the long, frustrating battle over Zika spending.
“We don’t have a vaccine yet for this, and we wanted to give every incentive possible for everybody from the National Institutes of Health, to the Centers of Disease Control, to universities to come up with a vaccine.”
The short-term funding bill to keep the government operating through December 9 prevents a potential federal shutdown, and comes just three days before the deadline to pass the budget.
Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another ten weeks, beyond the Nov. 8 election.
Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election.
The bill Obama signed Thursday also provides $500 million to help Louisiana flood victims.