Obama signs second short-term funding bill
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President Obama on Wednesday passed a second short-term spending measure, hours after the Senate passed the legislation.

A White House statement released Wednesday evening said the president signed it into law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell’s gambit to save the Supreme Court paid off Overnight Healthcare: High drama for ObamaCare vote | Freedom Caucus chair 'optimistic' about deal | Trump woos right High drama for ObamaCare vote MORE (R-Ky.) passed the legislation by a voice vote as lawmakers faced an end-of-the-day deadline to avoid a government shutdown.  

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The measure will fund the government through Tuesday, giving lawmakers extra time to debate and vote on a larger omnibus funding bill, as well as a separate tax package. 
 
Wednesday's legislation is the second short-term bill lawmakers have had to pass since they missed the Dec. 11 deadline on the larger end-of-the-year spending legislation. 
 
While the short-term bill extends government funding through Dec. 22, Republican leadership suggested ahead of the vote that they would try to finish up their work Friday. 
 
"Nobody, I think, sees any benefit of stringing this out any longer than necessary, so my hope is that we'll be able to conclude this Friday," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the chamber's Republican whip, told reporters. 
 
However, if Republican leadership wants to wrap up their work this week, they'll need to get consent from every senator. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) suggested that while he hasn't heard of any Republican lawmaker threatening to block a time agreement, most members are still reviewing the bill.
 
The House passed the short-term spending bill Wednesday morning.
 
—Updated at 8:29 p.m.