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 McConnellSenate healthcare bill appears headed for failure Talk of Trump pardons reverberates on Sunday shows Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller 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.