Bush signs $555 billion bill to fund gov't operations into next year

President George W. Bush signed a $555 billion bill Wednesday that will pay for the Iraq war well into next year and keep government agencies running through September. Bush's signature on the massive spending bill capped a long-running battle with the Democratic-run Congress and came before the president left his Maryland mountaintop retreat and flew to his Texas ranch here to see in the new year. Bush had deep reservations about billions of dollars the bill would spend for pet projects of various lawmakers, his spokesman said, but signed it into law nevertheless.