Obama signs 9/11 first responders bill

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a
bill to provide aid to survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks and first
responders who became ill working in the ruins at the World Trade
The bill was one of the last measures Congress passed before
adjourning in December. Some Republicans were concerned with how to pay for the bill and they tried to block the measure. But they
dropped their opposition after lawmakers struck a compromise to
reduce the costs
The $4.2 billion measure will be paid for with a fee on some
foreign companies that get U.S. government procurement contracts
Obama signed the bill from Hawaii, where he's vacationing with
his family.

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