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During Wednesday’s signing ceremony, Mr. Obama cited the bank’s reauthorization as an example of the type of bipartisan compromise Washington can accomplish to bolster the economy even in a highly charged election year.

“I hope this ends up being a model of the kind of work we can get done,” he said.

Continuing to push an economic “to-do list” on Congress, Mr. Obama used the occasion to call for several pet initiatives, including eliminating tax breaks for companies who move operations and jobs overseas, making it easier for more Americans to refinance their homes, extending tax breaks for clean energy companies, and creating a returning veterans jobs corps.

“We’ve got to treat our heroes with the respect and dignity they’ve earned,” he said. “These are Americans who want to keep serving now that they’re back. [EnLeader] We need to ensure they come home to a job and security.”