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House Approves ‘Substantial’ Budget Increase in Intel Authorizations

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The House overwhelmingly approved late last week a 2011 authorization for intelligence spending, The New York Times reported. Overall, the 16 member agencies of the intelligence community, which includes the CIA and the National Security Agency, saw spending increases, but at lower levels than the administration requested.

The actual amount of the increase remains classified, but The Times reports it is “substantial.”

However, unclassified intelligence programs were cut by $47 million.

The bill, which also featured a proclamation congratulating the intelligence community for the information that led to the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, passed 392-15.

The bill also included enhanced funding for rail security at the insistence of Rep John Carney (D-Del.), a frequent rider, The Times reports.

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