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Barack Obama

FACTBOX: Proposed U.S. government spending for fiscal 2009

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate put off until next week voting on a $410 billion package of spending to fund government operations through fiscal 2009, which ends September 30.

The measure includes money for the departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Labor, State and Justice, among others. Republicans have criticized Democrats for raising spending 8 percent over fiscal 2008’s level.

Following are highlights in the legislation, which has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

* $2 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, $335 million more than in fiscal 2008; $972 million for food safety and inspection, $41 million more than last year amid growing concerns about food-borne illnesses.

* $7.1 billion for the FBI, a $715 million increase. It includes $3.8 billion for national security, including the hiring of new agents and intelligence analysts as well as $3.3 billion for criminal investigations.

* $3.1 billion for the Census Bureau, $1.9 billion more than in 2008 in preparation for the 2010 population count, which decides representation in the House.

* $27 billion for the Department of Energy, $2.5 billion above last year that is aimed at funding projects for research and development of renewable energy sources.

* $2.1 billion for flood-protection construction projects for the Army Corps of Engineers, $148 million less than 2008.

* $943 million for the Securities and Exchange Commission, $37 million more than in 2008, as the agency tries to improve its enforcement efforts after the Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford alleged fraud scandals.

* $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $155 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Republicans have complained that the NEA received money in the stimulus package approved this month.

* $30.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $938 million more than in 2008. NIH also received some $10 billion in the stimulus program.

* $31 million to finish construction of the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, which has cost more than $600 million, over twice originally projected.

* $7.1 billion for global health initiatives, including $5.5 billion for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts and $1.6 billion for other health programs such as fighting malaria and tuberculosis.

* $1.5 billion for U.N. peacekeeping missions including those in Sudan, Liberia, Kosovo and Lebanon.

* $875 million for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, $669 million less than 2008 for former President George W. Bush’s signature initiative of providing grants to developing nations.

* $40.7 billion for highway improvements and repairs, $484 million above last year. $1.5 billion for Amtrak rail service, $165 million above 2008.

* Loosens restrictions on travel to Cuba, which is heavily sanctioned by the United States. Permits immediate family members to travel once a year to Cuba instead of once every three years and widens the definition of immediate family. Also reverses restrictions on selling food and medicine to Cuba.

* $7.7 billion for about 8,570 pet projects for lawmakers’ home districts, according to the Taxpayers for Common Sense, drawing criticism from some Republicans and Democrats as unnecessary spending.

* Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to decide by June 30 whether California can proceed with its politically charged initiative that would improve efficiency by sharply reducing tailpipe emissions.

Compiled by Jeremy Pelofsky in Washington; Editing by Xavier Briand

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