Senate passes funding bill, Obama signs into law

File general view of the U.S. Capitol dome in the pre-dawn darkness in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Friday to fund the government through April and President Barack Obama promptly signed it into law, after Democrats who had sought more generous healthcare benefits for coal miners stopped delaying action on the measure. Many government services and operations would have been closed or suspended at midnight, when current funding authority expired, if the Senate had not approved the bill. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Thursday.

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