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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

President Obama Signs 2015 Government Spending Bill

President Barack Obama has signed a $1.1 trillion bill that will fund
nearly every federal government agency through 2015.

The only exception in the bill signed Tuesday is the Department for
Homeland Security, which will run out of funding at the end of
February. Republican leaders limited funding for the agency so it can
force the president to reverse his executive order that removes the
threat of deportations from millions of undocumented immigrants in the
United States.

The bill's final passage was thrown in doubt last week when Republican
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas demanded a vote on a proposal to cut funds
that could be used to carry out Obama's executive order.

Congressional Democrats, led by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth
Warren, also threatened to scuttle the bill over a provision that
would weaken parts of the Dodd-Frank financial sector regulation law
passed in 2010.

Obama said Friday that the bill includes provisions he does not like,
but that there are other parts that ensure progress would continue on
health insurance, climate change, early childhood education and job
growth.

The bill's eventual passage and signing prevented another government
shutdown like the one that occurred a year ago.

The legislation includes nearly $64 billion for military operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as money in the fight against Islamic
State militants, including the training and equipping of moderate
Syrian rebels.



Credit: VOA News

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