House votes to outspend White House on spy bill


WASHINGTON — The House voted to give the intelligence community a few billion dollars more Thursday than the White House wanted for next year’s budget — a price tag that covers the range of intelligence needs from the CIA to the high-tech satellites that spied on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

The White House registered its objection before the vote, but did not threaten to veto the bill, which the House passed 386-28.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which will vote on its own version of the 2013 intelligence budget.

The White House had asked for US$72 billion to fund spying activities in 2013, but the House voted for a “modest” increase to pay for satellite and other spying technology, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said.