Obama Signs Stopgap Bill, Averts Shutdown Still hopes for budget deal, Jay Carney says By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Mar 27, 2013 8:02 AM CDT 6 comments Comments In this Sept. 26, 2012 file photo President Barack Obama campaigns at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) (Newser) – Yet another government shutdown has been averted. President Obama yesterday signed the continuing resolution to keep the government funded until Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year, The Hill reports. The bill includes sequester-related spending cuts, but White House press secretary Jay Carney said that shouldn't be taken as a sign that Obama endorses the cuts. "There is no question that we believe we should not have come to this point where sequester would be imposed," he said. "There's no question that we believe regular folks out there are being unnecessarily harmed by imposition of the sequester." He added that Obama is still hoping for a grand bargain on the budget.