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Obama signs laws, averting gov't shutdown

Published: Friday December 27, 2013 | 10:47 am Comments 0
Barack Obama – AP
Barack Obama – AP

US President Barack Obama has signed a two-year bipartisan federal budget bill, averting the risk of a government shutdown in January.

The hard-fought legislation was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives earlier this month.

The bill had been drafted by a cross-party budget committee set up after October's 16-day government shutdown.

Obama signed the bill while holidaying in Hawaii at the end of a year that has seen a political gridlock over his signature healthcare law, the federal debt limit and issues ranging from immigration to gun control.

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