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Obama signs $1.2 trillion farm bill

Published on Feb 8, 2014 5:09 AM

EAST LANSING (AFP) - President Barack Obama signed an agriculture bill worth more than US$950 billion (S$1.2 trillion) Friday, saying the rare product of cooperation in Washington was an example of how the gridlocked US political capital should work.

Obama traveled to Michigan to highlight the measure, which he compared to a Swiss Army knife because it had so many different functions as it expands US food exports, broadens conservation and safeguards water resources.

Obama said the new law did not include everything he would like - and admitted Republican leaders felt the same way.

"But it's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come through with this bill, break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven, partisan decision-making and actually get this stuff done." Obama said.

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