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Congress OKs $397.4 billion spending package

February 14, 2003

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— Congress overwhelmingly approved a vast $397.4 billion spending bill Thursday, a package pouring taxpayers' money into everything from poor school districts to a probe of the shuttle Columbia disaster to the National Cowgirl Museum in Texas.

By votes of 338-83 in the House and 76-20 in the Senate, lawmakers approved a package financing every agency but the Pentagon for the last two-thirds of the federal budget year.

Final passage ended a grinding budget stalemate that began last year when President Bush demanded lower spending than many in Congress wanted. Bush will sign the bill into law, said White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan -- even though it would spend billions more than he initially sought.

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