Stopgap Funding Bill Passed

The U.S. Congress earlier today passed stopgap legislation to avert a government shutdown at midnight and give lawmakers another week to reach a deal on federal spending through the end of the fiscal year.

The Senate passed the measure by voice vote without opposition after the House earlier approved it by a tally of 382-30. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump to sign into law.

The bill provides federal funding until May 5, allowing lawmakers to work on legislation over the next few days to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year.