Obama signs $1.1T spending package

Obama signs $1.1T spending package
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President Obama on Tuesday signed the $1.1 trillion government spending bill passed by Congress last week into law, the White House announced.

His signature averts a government shutdown that would have otherwise been triggered if he didn’t sign it before midnight on Wednesday.

Dubbed the “cromnibus,” the spending package contains 11 appropriations bills that fund most of the government through Sept. 30. It also includes a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through Feb. 27. 

GOP leaders chose to fund the DHS for only a short period to satisfy conservatives who pushed to defund Obama’s immigration executive orders.

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The president signed the measure into law just a week after congressional leaders unveiled the more than 1,600-page bill.

Some of the bill’s provisions sparked an intense debate, mostly among Democrats last week because it repeals a portion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Tech: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court fight | Warren backs bid to block AT&T, Time Warner merger | NC county refuses to pay ransom to hackers Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-Mass.) led the charge against the rider that will now allow banks to engage directly in derivatives trading. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also led a revolt against the entire package, with most of her caucus behind her, because of that rider.

Obama opposed the provision, among others, the White House said, but it signaled that the president would support the bill just hours before the House was scheduled to vote on it last Thursday. 

The White House dispatched Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughObama: Bannon, Breitbart shifted media narrative in 'powerful direction' DNC chairman to teach at Brown University Trump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years MORE to Capitol Hill to win over more Democratic votes, but many Democrats said he wasn’t too convincing. The House passed the bill late Thursday in a 219-206 vote.

The Senate later passed the bill 56-40 on Saturday night, after Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSupreme Court takes on same-sex wedding cake case House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama Trump really will shrink government, starting with national monuments MORE (R-Utah) triggered an hours-long series of votes that day.