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WASHINGTON – Democrats controlling the House muscled through legislation Wednesday night that would freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year.
The bill would cap the agencies' annual operating budgets at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year — a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Barack Obama's request.
The 423-page measure, opposed by Republicans, conservative Democrats and some anti-war lawmakers, narrowly passed by a 212-206 vote. The budget-freeze bill wraps a dozen unfinished spending bills into a single measure.
The measure passed over Republican protests that it still spends too much money and that it caps an unprecedented collapse of the federal budget process in which not a single one of the 12 annual spending bills has yet passed Congress. Ten of 12 House bills haven't even been made public
- Freezing of federal employees salaries.
- 159 billion for the wars
- No closing of Guantanamo
- Extends Bush tax cuts
- Extends unemployment benefits
- Cut payroll tax
- No trial for Guantanamo detainees
- 10/12 bills it contained are not public
- Census budget cut
- Military base closing budget cut
- Continued budget for air marshals on international flights
- Add money for the Indian Health services
- 550 million $ for Race to the top program
- Budget for high speed train cut
- Housing subsidies for poor increased
- Increase money for shelters for homeless
- 513 billion for the Pentagon
- Homeland Security budget frozen
- +4% for foreign aid
- Money for the start treaty