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Bill to Fund U.S. Agencies Gets Through House

Posted December 17, 2007 11:33 p.m. EST

— The House has approved a $516 billion spending measure to fund 14 Cabinet agencies and military operations in Afghanistan.

The year-end proposal that passed Monday evening generally goes along with President Bush's budget, though it seeks to shift billions of dollars into politically sensitive programs he sought to cut.

Democrats also added funding for food programs, subsidies to community development banks and Homeland Security Department grants to first responders.

The White House has signaled that Bush would sign the measure, which awards a 4 percent increase, on average, to domestic programs.

But his approval depends on Senate Republicans succeeding, later this week, in adding up to $40 billion for U.S. troops in Iraq.