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Published: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 5:30:56 AM
Updated: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 5:31:53 AM

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal that eases spending cuts

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to military personnel during a Christmas day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii December 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to military personnel during a Christmas day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii December 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

HONOLULU (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the two-year U.S. budget agreement negotiated by Congress earlier this month.

The bill was among seven pieces of legislation signed by Obama, who is vacationing with his family in Hawaii.

The U.S. Senate passed a budget deal on December 18 that will ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of a government shutdown.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Chris Reese)

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