In a rare moment for DC politics, President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats came together to sign a massive spending bill that will keep the government going through September of 2016. The 1.14 trillion dollar in new spending was combined with $680 billion in tax breaks over the next decade. The House and Senate passed the bill by wide margins in a rare bipartisan vote.  The President signed the bill late Friday before leaving for his annual two week vacation in Hawaii.

 

The spending package also included several other unrelated measures such as a 40-year ban on US crude oil exports as well as an expansive cyber-security bill. Democrats also cheered the longterm extension of a health insurance program (the Zadroga Act) for 9/11 first responders which had expired earlier this year.

President Obama expressed optimism about working with Republicans as he finishes his last term in office.

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