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Highlights of $1.1 trillion spending bill in House

Highlights of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed the House on Thursday:

—$519 billion in routine payments for Medicare and Medicaid.

—$3.9 billion for more than 5,000 "earmarks" — or homestate projects sought by lawmakers.

—A pay raise for federal employees averaging 2 percent.

—Establishes an appeals process for automobile dealers closed by General Motors and Chrysler.

—Permits the Washington, D.C., government to provide abortions with locally-raised revenue; permits needle exchange programs in the city; and allows implementation of a medical marijuana referendum.

—Eases restrictions on federal funding of needle exchange programs to combat the spread of disease by drug users.

—Allows Amtrak passengers to transport firearms in checked luggage.

—$68.2 billion for the Education Department.

—$109.6 billion for veterans programs, a 15 percent increase, including $45.1 billion for health care.

—$7.3 billion for the 2010 Census.

—$18.7 billion for NASA, a 5 percent increase.

—$7.9 billion for the FBI, a 7 percent increase.

—$3.7 billion for grants to state and local law enforcement.

—$5.1 billion for heating subsidies for the poor, almost 40 percent more than requested.

—$41 billion for highway construction, a slight increase.

—$1.6 billion to subsidize Amtrak.


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