Published December 10, 2009
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 measure is advancing as the government registered a $1.4 trillion deficit for the 2009 budget year.