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.


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 WarrenLawmakers unveil massive bipartisan bill aimed at fighting opioid crisis Dems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal 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 Richard McDonoughLive coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI Ex-Obama chief of staff: Obama's Russia response was 'watered down' Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy 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 CruzBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Ignored Latino vote will be key in future elections MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Ex-college classmate accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week MORE (R-Utah) triggered an hours-long series of votes that day.