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Congress voted to pass a compromise spending bill to fully fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 and avoid a second partial government shutdown

President Donald Trump has pledged to sign the bill before the current continuing resolution funding the government expires on Friday Feb. 15 at midnight. He also plans to declare a state of emergency on the southern border of the U.S. in order to direct funds to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Senate voted 83-16 to pass the bill in the afternoon of Feb. 14. The House wrapped up its vote the same evening. The tally there was TK-TK.

The funding bill contains a 1.9 percent raise for federal employees retroactive to Jan.1. That overturns a decision from President Trump made in the midst of the recent 35-day partial government shutdown.

The bill also contains a $25 million boost for the Technology Modernization Fund -- the central revolving fund created under the Modernizing Government Technology Act to support IT updates at federal agencies.

This is a developing story.

Posted on Feb 14, 2019 at 9:04 AM


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