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House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., prepares for final appropriations work before he retires. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill
Partisan vote followed fights over immigration vocabulary, ethics

A motion to allocate funds for the Library of Congress to drop the phrase "illegal aliens" from it's library lexicon was rejected. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House on Friday passed, 233-175, the $3.5 billion fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch spending bill with substantially less support than the last year's version, as election-year tensions over immigration caused rifts on even the smallest of the annual appropriations bills.  

The amended measure was the first appropriations bill this year to come to the House floor under a structured rule that limited amendments to just 13. This was seen as abandonment of an open amendment process promised by Republican leadership, but structured rules have been typical on Legislative Branch spending in previous years.