Highlights of House wrapup legislation

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Posted: Dec 16, 2009 11:32 AM

Highlights of the year-end wrapup legislation expected to pass the House Wednesday:

DEFENSE SPENDING

_$636 billion for the Pentagon for the budget year that began Oct. 1, including $128 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

_3.4 percent pay increase for service members.

_$104 billion for weapons procurement, including 30 next-generation Joint Strike Fighters, 10 C-17 Cargo jets unrequested by President Barack Obama and $15 billion for seven new Navy ships. Shuts down the costly F-22 fighter program and the much-criticized new presidential Helicopter.

_Rejects Obama's request for $100 million to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

_Permits Guantanamo detainees to be transferred to the U.S. to stand trial.

EXTENSIONS OF CURRENT LAW UNTIL FEB. 28

_Continued unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

_65 percent health insurance subsidy for the unemployed.

_Highway and transit funding.

_Prevents a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians.

_Three provisions of the anti-terror Patriot Act.

_Satellite television laws governing the transmission of local broadcast signals.

_Waives fees on Small Business Administration loans and increases to 90 percent the portion of such loans guaranteed by the SBA.

DEBT LIMIT

_Permits the national debt to increase to $12.4 trillion _ a $290 billion increase _ sufficient to finance government operations through February 11.