WILMINGTON, Del. (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills.

Hours earlier, Congress had approved the legislation, ending the threat of a partial government shutdown.

“This agreement represents a compromise, which means neither side got everything it wanted,” Biden said in a statement. “But it rejects extreme cuts from House Republicans and expands access to child care, invests in cancer research, funds mental health and substance use care, advances American leadership abroad, and provides resources to secure the border. ... That’s good news for the American people.”

It took lawmakers six months into the current budget year to near the finish line on government funding.

The first package of full-year spending bills, which funded the departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture and the Interior, among others, cleared Congress took weeks ago, with only hours to spare before funding expired for those agencies. The second covered the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State, as well as other aspects of general government.

Biden signed the legislation at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he is spending the weekend.

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