House, Senate Narrowly Pass Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The government isn’t shutting down, not tonight, anyway.

Ahead of a midnight deadline, the House and Senate today approved a temporary spending measure that will keep federal agencies open – but only for another week.

On Friday, Congress approved a temporary measure to fund the federal government until May 5th. That gives lawmakers another week to work out a larger spending bill that would run through September.

It also spares the president from a government shutdown on his 100th day in office.

Trump began the 99th day of his presidency by signing his 32nd executive order.

“It reverses the previous administration’s Arctic drilling ban,” said President Trump.

Mostly stymied in getting his agenda through Congress, the president nonetheless rejects any suggestion that his White House stumbled out of the gate.

“It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has been able to do what we’ve done in 100 days,” said President Trump.

Friday afternoon in Atlanta, Trump became the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.

“As your president, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” said President Trump.

Democrats were more critical of the Trump administration’s early work.

“The grades are coming due for President Trump after a historically dismal first 100 days. Budget: F. Creating jobs: F. Draining the swamp: F. Health care: F-minus,” said House Minority Leader Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Next week, the House may revisit another hot button issue: a revised health care reform bill that was initially supposed to be voted on Friday.

The president is staying in Georgia Friday evening to attend a fundraiser for Republican Congressional Candidate Karen Handel, who is running in June’s special election.

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