Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through the end of September.

Obama put his signature on the 1,582-page measure the day before federal funding was set to run out. He made the short walk from the White House to sign it at a nearby conference center, saying he wanted the ceremony held there because the bill is the product of the hard work of the many budget office employees who work there.

"We would not be here and we would not be able to sign this legislation if it hadn't been for your work and your dedication," the president said. "And so this is my way of saying thank you."

He noted that many budget office employees were furloughed during last October's 16-day government shutdown and that those who remained on the job had to pick up the slack.

"Across the board, our government is going to be operating without, hopefully, too many glitches over the next year," Obama told budget office employees who attended the bill signing. "And not only is that good for all of you and all the dedicated public servants in the federal government but, most importantly, it's good for the American people."



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