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House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Measure to Fund the Government

The House has passed a massive year-end spending bill awarding generous funding boosts to domestic programs despite massive budget deficits.

The wrapup measure totals $1.1 trillion, combining six spending bills for 10 Cabinet departments into a 1,088-page bundle packed with more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers.

The 221-202 vote sends the House-Senate compromise measure to the Senate, which may vote on it this weekend before sending it to President Barack Obama.

The bill combines $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments with more than $600 billion for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid

The measure is advancing as the government registered a $1.4 trillion deficit for the 2009 budget year.