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Spending woes out of tune, House votes to restore money for military bands
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Republican-controlled House is singing a different tune about spending cuts for military bands.
By voice vote Wednesday, the House restored $120 million for the armed services' 100-plus military bands ' money that budget-conscious members of the Appropriations Committee had cut last month amid the nation's financial woes.
Republican Rep. John Carter of Texas argued that the cut wouldn't save taxpayers any money and the bands are a critical part of the patriotism "that keeps our soldiers' hearts beating fast."
Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota countered that while the nation takes pride in the bands, spending on them had gotten out of control.
The vote came on the $649 billion defense spending bill. The House is expected to pass the legislation by week's end.