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House passes spending authorization bill

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The measure is necessary to keep the government running for the next 10 months
  • Authorization of almost $1.1 trillion is same as spending in previous fiscal year
  • The measure is $45.9 billion less than the amount requested by President Obama

Washington (CNN) -- The House on Wednesday passed a measure that authorizes almost $1.1 trillion in government spending for the rest of the fiscal year, which would be the same level as last year.

The 212-206 vote on mostly partisan lines sends the measure to the Senate for consideration.

Such spending authorization is necessary to keep the government running, and despite deep divisions between Democrats and Republicans on policy, Congress was expected to pass a measure before the current lame-duck session ends in early January.

President Barack Obama had requested almost $1.14 trillion in spending for the 2011 fiscal year, which began October 1 and ends on September 30, 2011, according to a statement by retiring Rep. David Obey, D-Wisconsin, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

The House bill, at $1.089 trillion, is $45.9 billion less, Obey said in the statement.

It includes $513 billion for the Department of Defense, which is $4.9 billion more than last year, along with $75.2 billion for military construction and veterans, which is $1.4 billion below 2010. In addition, there is $501.4 billion for all other appropriations, $3.5 billion below 2010, Obey's statement said.

CNN's Evan Glass contributed to this story.