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“The American people are sick of being spied on,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.

Despite the clamor to cut the deficit and Pentagon pleas for cost-saving reductions, lawmakers voted to spare military bases, the A-10 Warthog close air support plane and an aircraft carrier.

That drew a warning from Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, who backed the bill but warned of a price to pay very soon.

“We have to stop pretending that national security … can somehow be magically created without having a fiscally sustainable policy,” the Maryland lawmaker said.

The White House has objected to the legislation, which must be reconciled with a still-to-be written version from the Democratic-led Senate.

The bill would provide $490 billion for core defense spending and $79 billion for overseas operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts. The $79 billion is a placeholder as Congress awaits a more detailed proposal from the administration.

Wary of U.S. re-engagement in Iraq three years after combat troops left, two Democrats - Reps. John Garamendi of California and Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii - won voice vote approval for an amendment requiring the president to seek congressional approval for sustained military action in Iraq.

“This miscalculation is not worth repeating,” Hanabusa said of Iraq during the debate.

Associated Press writer Ken Dilanian contributed to this report.