Spending for 2016 federal budget sparks lawmakers' quarrel

April 22, 2015 10:37 PM

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Democrats and Republicans quarreled Wednesday over spending levels for domestic agencies as well as policy provisions on clean water rules and guns on federal lands as they kicked off action on more than $1 trillion worth of spending bills for the next budget year.

The House Appropriations Committee first approved by voice vote a $35 billion energy and water projects measure. Democrats objected to provisions that would permit the public to carry guns on Army Corps of Engineers' lands and would block new joint "Waters of the U.S." rules by the Environmental Pro...

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