WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government operating for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, which ends September 30.
The bill passed on a largely party-line 245-178 vote, with most Democrats voting in favor of it and most Republicans opposed. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
House GOP leaders said the bill's spending increases are too large. They criticized the addition of several billion dollars worth of earmarks designed to support pet projects in individual lawmakers' districts.
Democrats defended the size of the bill, saying it was necessary to help counter the economic downturn.
President Barack Obama is expected to unveil his fiscal year 2010 budget on Thursday.