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    Trump Signs Budget Bill After Brief Shutdown

    It was open and shut. The federal government entered its second shutdown in three weeks at midnight as legislators waited for Sen. Rand Paul to scold them about deficit spending before allowing a vote. The Senate finally passed the bipartisan spending package 71-28, and the House followed 240-186 early Friday morning, despite Democrats’ immigration concerns and Republican deficit hawks’ opposition to $300 billion in spending increases. President Donald Trump — whose spokespeople have lauded the bill — promptly signed it, tweeting the deal “means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”

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