WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The country's federal courts will receive $51 million in additional funding under a deal reached by Congress late Wednesday.

The government shutdown, which lasted a total of 17 days, ended after federal lawmakers passed the Continuing Appropriations Act 2014.

The Senate approved the bill 81-18. The House then approved the bill 285-144, sending it to President Barack Obama. The President signed the legislation early Thursday morning.

The bill funds the government until Jan. 15 and raises the debt ceiling to Feb. 7.

According to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times, more than half of the $51 million in extra funding will go to federal defenders. The remaining funds will go to a salaries and expenses account for the federal courts.

The additional funds will bring the judiciary's budget from about $6.65 billion to about $6.7 billion.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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