Obama signs U.S. defense bill into law: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement after meeting with his national security team in the wake of the tragic attacks in Paris and ahead of the holiday season, at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama signed a sweeping defense policy bill into law on Wednesday, legislation that authorizes $607 billion in defense spending but also includes provisions that make it harder to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House had made it clear earlier this month that Obama would sign the bill despite the Guantanamo provisions. Obama has long promised to close the prison, but has faced objections from lawmakers who do not want detainees to be transferred to U.S. prisons.

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