Biden signs bill to avert government shutdown as Washington turns to debt limit, defense bill

Biden signs bill to avert government shutdown as Washington turns to debt limit, defense bill
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President Joe Biden on Friday signed a bill that will keep the federal government running through Feb. 18, resolving the threat of a weekend shutdown. Washington is staring down other must-pass items, however, including raising the debt limit and an annual defense bill. Top Democrats are also aiming to pass Biden's massive social-spending and climate bill in the Senate before Christmas, though that timeline could slip.

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