Washington, March 24 -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law a 1.2-trillion-U.S. dollar funding package, a few hours after missing the deadline to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the package on Friday, and the Senate early Saturday morning, about two hours after the deadline.

"Because obligations of federal funds are incurred and tracked on a daily basis, agencies will not shut down and may continue their normal operations," the White House said in a statement.

The latest legislation would provide funding for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, State, and the legislative branch through the fiscal y...