March 23, 2018 / 5:38 PM / a month ago

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

WASHINGTON (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.

U.S. President Donald Trump pats Congress' $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill with Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (R) at his side as he holds an event to sign the bill in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. U.S., March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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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