Trump signs spending bill that prevents shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has signed a short-term, stopgap spending bill keeping the government functioning and avoiding a shutdown on his 100th day in office.

Trump signed the bill in private Friday night after he returned to the White House from a daytrip to Atlanta.

The temporary spending bill keeps the government functioning through next Friday, May 6. It buys lawmakers time to wrap up negotiations on a larger, $1 trillion package to fund government operations through Sept. 30, the end of the government’s 2017 budget year.

Both houses of Congress passed the weeklong measure with hours to spare before Friday’s midnight deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.

Lawmakers plan to pass the larger spending measure sometime next week.

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5 p.m.

Congress has taken the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Lawmakers passed a weeklong stop-gap spending bill Friday that amounts to more of a defeat for the president than a victory.

Lawmakers cleared the measure easily with just hours to spare before the shutdown deadline at midnight. But with Trump marking his presidency’s milestone Saturday, he did not wring any major legislation out of Congress.

The White House had pushed to revive the House GOP’s health care bill in time for a vote that could have given Trump bragging rights. House leaders are still short of votes for the revised health bill.

Next week lawmakers plan to pass a $1 trillion package financing the government through Sept. 30.

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12:20 p.m.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers argues it’s “past time” for Congress to forge a new war powers resolution that defines how American military power will be used against the Islamic State.

They say the U.S. has been battling the extremist group under an outdated war powers authorization that…

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