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Nov. 18, 2013, 4:03 a.m.

On the last day of the fisc­al year Thursday, Pres­id­ent Obama signed the stop­gap spend­ing bill that will keep the gov­ern­ment run­ning through Dec. 3 at FY10 fund­ing levels for most pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to a White House state­ment.

The House passed the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion early Thursday morn­ing 228-194 — sev­er­al hours after the Sen­ate passed the meas­ure Wed­nes­day even­ing 69-30. Law­makers then ad­journed for the pre-elec­tion re­cess.

In total, the CR will provide fund­ing at a rate $8.2 bil­lion be­low the FY10 level, ac­cord­ing to the Sen­ate Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee.

The bill in­cludes a hand­ful of au­thor­iz­a­tion ex­ten­sions and oth­er pro­vi­sions, in­clud­ing al­low­ing the Fed­er­al Air Mar­shals to main­tain the ex­ist­ing FY10 4th quarter cov­er­age level for in­ter­na­tion­al and do­mest­ic flights.

The CR also al­lows the com­mis­sion­er of Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion to main­tain the level of CBP per­son­nel in place in the fi­nal quarter of FY10.

Oth­er pro­vi­sions in­clude lan­guage to keep the max­im­um loan lim­its for Fan­nie Mae and Fred­die Mac at $729,750 in high-cost areas through Sept. 30, 2011. The same lim­its will also be ex­ten­ded to loans in­sured by the Fed­er­al Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion. They were set to ex­pire at year’s end.

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