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Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill
December 17, 2014 / 3:00 AM / in 3 years

Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the taping of the 'Christmas in Washington' television special to benefit Children's National Medical Center in Washington December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The legislation funds most government agencies through September 2015. The Department of Homeland Security will be treated differently, getting a funding extension only through Feb. 27, by which time Republicans will control both chambers of Congress.

Passage of the 1,603-page bill was a long struggle in the Senate and the House of Representatives marked by bitter disputes over changes to banking regulations and Obama’s recent executive order on immigration.

Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh

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