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Senate passes $410 billion 2009 spending bill

The Capitol building is seen before the start of President Barack Obama's primetime address to a joint session of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved a $410 billion bill to fund government operations through September 30, despite Republican attempts to trim it down amid concerns about more spending.

The Senate approved the bill by voice vote after the Obama administration offered assurances that language in it to ease stiff limits on trade and travel with Cuba did not amount to a major reversal of the decades-old U.S. policy of isolating the communist-run island.

Identical legislation passed the House of Representatives last week, and it now goes to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; editing by Mohammad Zargham

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