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Obama Signs Two Bills into Law Alongside Republicans

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:37:33 +0000

Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Here’s something you don’t see every day: President Obama signing bills into law, surrounded by conservative Republicans at the White House.

That was the scene Tuesday morning as Obama put his signature on a $12 billion infrastructure bill, and a measure awarding one of the nation’s highest civilian honor to a Puerto Rican U.S. Army regiment known as the “Bourinqueneers.”

“Love signing bills,” the president said with a big grin. “Though they accomplish two very different things, these bills do what we want all our laws to do, and that’s serve the American people by honoring our past and building a stronger future.”

Obama said the Water Resources Reform and Development Act would “green light” 34 water infrastructure projects nationwide, modernizing facilities, restoring ecosystems and facilitating the shipping sector. The projects are expected to create thousands of jobs.

A second measure bestows the Congressional Gold Medal to a Puerto Rican regiment that has fought in every major conflict since World War I. 

“Segregation that set them apart from their fellow soldiers -- but their courage made them legendary,” Obama said.

“Only a handful of military units have ever received this award, and only one other Hispanic American has received this award, Roberto Clemente,” the president said. “That’s pretty good company. So this is a proud day for the Borinqueneers and their families.”

Both measures passed Congress with strong bipartisan support.

Lawmakers from both parties joined Obama for the bill signings, including Republican Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Republican Reps. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania and Rep. Bill Posey of Florida.

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