House backs $1.2T spend­ing bill with more money for mil­i­tary

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WASH­ING­TON (AP) — The Repub­li­can-led House on Thurs­day passed a sweep­ing $1.2 tril­lion spend­ing bill that pro­vides bil­lions more dol­lars for the mil­i­tary while spar­ing med­i­cal re­search and pop­u­lar com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grams from deep cuts sought by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

The vote was 211-198 for the mas­sive mea­sure that wrapped the 12 an­nual spend­ing bills into one in ad­vance of the end of the bud­get year on Sept. 30. Even though the Se­nate still must act, the gov­ern­ment will keep op­er­at­ing through Dec. 8, thanks to leg­is­la­tion Congress passed last week and sent to Trump.

House mem­bers spent the past two weeks de­bat­ing the mea­sure’s $500 bil­lion for do­mes­tic agen­cies. GOP lead­ers then merged that do­mes­tic spend­ing pack­age with an earlier House mea­sure that would give record bud­get in­creases to the Pen­tagon and pro­vide a $1.6 bil­lion down pay­ment for Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der that he re­peat­edly has in­sisted Mex­ico would fi­nance.

“It does ev­ery­thing from strength­en­ing our na­tional de­fense and veter­ans’ pro­grams to crack­ing down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion to protecting life to cut­ting abu­sive Wash­ing­ton agen­cies like the IRS and the EPA,” said the No. 2 House Repub­li­can, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Cal­i­for­nia. Speaker Paul Ryan. R-Wis., praised a pay raise for the mil­i­tary, bor­der se­cu­rity fund­ing, and “de­fund­ing” Planned Par­ent­hood as vic­to­ries for Repub­li­cans and Trump.

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