House hikes Amtrak, community development budget

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Posted: Jun 29, 2012 1:13 PM
House hikes Amtrak, community development budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has passed legislation boosting Amtrak's budget for updating rail lines and increasing funding for community development grants to local governments.

The $107 billion measure passed easily, helped by increases for programs favored by Democrats.

The White House has threatened a veto of the measure. The administration complains that House Republicans aren't living up to last summer's budget pact by forcing about $27 billion in cuts from domestic agency budgets than called for in the budget agreement.

Democrats opposed cuts to a $150 million Obama request for a program to rehabilitate blighted housing projects.

Overall, the measure cuts spending for transportation, housing and community development programs by almost $4 billion below Obama's requests, more than 3 percent.