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Sep 15, 2010 1:46 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

White House sends spending wish list to Congress

The Obama administration is pushing a pre-election shopping list on its Democratic allies in Congress as they prepare must-pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown next month.

Republicans are protesting the spending requests, which include $1.9 billion for school grants, financial help for the Postal Service and more than $4 billion to finance settlements of long-standing lawsuits against the government.

The administration also wants to renew parts of last year's economic stimulus measure, including $800 million for child care grants to states. They're all tacked onto a bill to continue funding the government past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Such bills typically don't carry controversial legislation.

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