Thu May 22, 2014 03:08 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sent the White House a $12.3 billion water projects bill half the size of its last one seven years ago -- before the economy sank into a deep recession that helped swell the government's debt and before lawmakers swore off cherry-picking pet projects for folks back home.

With a 91-7 vote Thursday, the Senate passed the bill authorizing 34 new projects over the next 10 years. The House passed it Tuesday after key lawmakers spent six months blending separate House and Senate versions approved last year.

The bill authorizes big new flood control projects for Cedar ...

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