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Obama Signs Omnibus

Finally closing the chapter on last year’s appropriation bills, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill into law.

The action ensures that the government will be funded though Oct. 1, 2009. It also puts to bed a partisan war in Congress over the level of spending and the number of earmarks in the package.

In a statement, Obama noted “a small number of provisions— in the bill raise constitutional concerns.

These include provisions that constrain his abilities in foreign affairs, on United Nations peacekeeping missions, in communications with Congress and when it comes to reallocating funds on the approval of Congressional committees.

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