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Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill


PresidentBarack Obamaon Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed byCongresslast week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown.

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

Passage of the 1,603-page bill was a long struggle in theSenateand theHouse of Representativesmarked by bitter disputes over changes to banking regulations and Obama's recent executive order on immigration.