Obama signs short-term bill to fund government past election

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week.

Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another 10 weeks, beyond the Nov. 8 election.

Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election.

The bill Obama signed Thursday also provides $1.1 billion to address the Zika crisis. And it has $500 million to help Louisiana flood victims.


The Vernon RCMP got this thank you card in the mail Feb. 15, 2017.
Vernon student thanks police for ‘protecting the world’
VERNON - Mounties at the Vernon RCMP detachment have received a heartfelt thank you note from one of the community’s younger citizens. The letter came in the mail Feb. 15 from a student at Silver Star Elementary School in Vernon, acco

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