Obama Signs 9/11 First Responders Bill

Firemen are deployed near the site of the World Trade Center in New York, in this Sept. 12, 2001 file photo. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

HONOLULU - 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 Center.

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.

Mr. Obama signed the bill from Hawaii, where he's vacationing with his family.
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