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House Passes Spending Bill

The President says he will veto the war spending bill, but $3.5 billion in farm disaster aid could survive.

The House of Representatives passed the war spending bill Wednesday by a vote of 218-208. The bill - $124.2 billion in total - contains $3.5 billion for farm disaster aid and Milk Income Loss Compensation funding through September.

President Bush has vowed to veto the bill unless Democrats remove a built-in troop withdrawal plan, and the Administration has made it known that they desire a "clean bill" without farm disaster aid. However, after the President vetoes this measure, some analysts have speculated that he would not veto it a second time over attached farm disaster aid.

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