How Congress divides up $1.1 trillion in spending
By The Associated Press
The Senate has approved a mammoth bill providing $1.1 trillion for federal agencies this year. The measure fills in details of the budget deal that bipartisan leaders reached last week and the House approved Wednesday.
Highlights of the measure, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign:
a¿¿Overall: For basic agency operations a¿¿ excluding the costs of war and natural disasters a¿¿ the $1.1 trillion includes about $30 billion less than Congress originally provided for last year. But it is also about $20 billion more than was provided after automatic spending cuts called the sequester took effect for 2013. The total prevents $45 billion in sequester cuts legally required for this year because of the failure of Obama and Congress to agree to previous budget savings.a¿¿War and disasters: Provides $92 billion for U.S. military operations overseas this year a¿¿ mostly in Afghanistan a¿¿ and nearly $7 billion for disasters. That's about $1 billion less than last year for war and $44 billion less for disasters, when Hurricane Sandy drove up that price tag. a¿¿Defense: Provides $487 billion, excluding war costs. Includes money for 1 percent pay raise requested by Obama. Cuts operation and maintenance to $160 billion, $14 billion below last year's enacted level. Cuts equipment procurement and research and development programs. Provides requested $157 million for Sexual Assault and Prevention Office. a¿¿Military retirees: Exempts wounded military personnel who retire early, and their surviving spouses, from cuts in the annual inflation increases to their benefits. Congress approved the cuts last month to help pay for some of the increases in the spending bill. a¿¿Obama's health care law: Funded at lower levels than the administration wanted, including retaining last year's $3.7 billion for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the program. Cuts $1 billion from Prevention and Public Health Fund, which Republicans worry the administration will raid to pay for improvements in the federal health insurance exchange.
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