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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Democrats who control the Illinois House want to add about $1.5 billion in spending to legislation to disburse federal funds despite having no state budget.

The Senate voted last week to authorize spending $4.8 billion in federal funds for programs such as nutrition for women and their children and energy-bill assistance for low-income residents.

Two House committees are scheduled to consider the plan Tuesday.

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday he wants to add $1.56 billion. He says the money is for disaster relief, meals for homebound elderly people and other programs.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner supported the Senate plan. It was unclear Tuesday if he’ll back the additional spending.

Rauner and Democrats have been unable to agree on a state budget.