House passes bill to fund spy agencies

May 13, 2011 - 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to fund the nation's spy agencies this year over the Obama administration's objections that the measure tells them how many people it can hire.

The vote was 392-15 on Friday.

The administration has complained that the bill cuts funds and personnel levels that would have a negative impact on national security.

Lawmakers used the bill to praise the intelligence operatives who were critical in hunting down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Following reports that bin Laden urged al-Qaida groups to target trains, the House added a provision stressing its intention that railway transportation should be included in security plans for the intelligence agencies.

The amount of money in the bill is classified. However, the administration said last year's budget totaled $80.1 billion.