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U.S. House passes $1.2 trillion bill to fund government

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $1.2 trillion bill to fund most government activities in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, knowing that the Senate will disagree with many controversial elements and force a negotiation that could stretch into December.

The bill provides $658.1 billion for the Department of Defense and $44.3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, including roughly $1.6 billion for construction of physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexican border, among other provisions. (Reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Paul Simao)