Only president in history to use the autopen due to being a vacationing slacker.
HONOLULU – President Obama late Wednesday signed the fiscal crisis bill passed by Congress using an autopen while on vacation with his family in Hawaii.
The bill, which averts a looming fiscal cliff that had threatened to plunge the nation back into recession, boosts taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while preserving tax cuts for most American households.
It also extends expiring jobless benefits, prevents cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors and delays for two months billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts in defense and domestic programs.
The GOP-run House approved the measure by a 257-167 vote late Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after the Democratic-led Senate passed it 89-8.
Obama appeared in the White House briefing room minutes after the House passed the bill to praise the deal in an eight-minute speech.
“And I hope that everybody now gets at least a day off, I guess, or a few days off, so that people can refresh themselves, because we’re going to have a lot of work to do in 2013,” he said.
The president also signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.