The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

Senator Warren Fights Back on Spending Bill Provisions

WASHINGTON (AP) - School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among millions of Americans with something extra riding on passage of a giant spending bill needed to keep the government running.

The $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page bill awaiting a Senate vote is mostly spending choices, such as adding $5.4 billion to fight the Ebola virus or trimming the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by $60 million. But it's also packed with a mishmash of "riders," many of which couldn't get through Congress on their own.

Click through the slideshow below to see some things the bill would affect:

Riders in the $1.1 trillion spending bill
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The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot


Loosens rules imposed after the 2008 financial crisis. The change relaxes regulation of high-risk investments known as "derivatives" — rules that were imposed to reduce risk to depositors' federally insured money and prevent more taxpayer bailouts. Banks said the crackdown stifled the competitiveness of the U.S. financial industry.



Offers a mixed bag for pot smokers. The bill blocks the Justice Department from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states that permit them. But it also blocks federal and local spending to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C., where voters approved recreational use in a November referendum. It's unclear what the practical effect of the spending ban will be.



Allows some pension plans to cut benefits promised to current and future retirees. The change is designed to save some financially strapped plans from going broke. It applies to multiemployer plans, which cover more than 10 million people mostly at small, unionized employers, often in the construction business.



Allows more money to flow into political parties. Under the new rules, each superrich donor could give almost $1.6 million per election cycle to political parties and their campaign committees. The comparable limit for 2014's elections was $194,400.

(Charles Ommanney via Getty Images)


Continues a ban on spending money on portraits of Cabinet secretaries, Congress members and other big shots, a Washington tradition that some lawmakers felt had gotten out of hand.

(Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)


Topping it all off, spends $21 million to continue restoration of the leaky, cracked U.S. Capitol dome.

(Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Read more about the pending legislation
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