WASHINGTON-The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $48.8 billion spending bill, which includes 1.5 billion for Pakistan, to bolster American aid efforts to allies. Besides Pakistan, the legislation includes $2.7 billion for Afghanistan as the two neighbours fight Taliban militants. It also provides $2.2 billion for Israel, another close US ally, for the fiscal year 2010 that starts October 1. The legislation is $3 billion less than the $52 billion requested by President Barack Obama, with cuts in funds for items such as overseas diplomatic operations and money for agricultural assistance and improved food security. The House bill, approved 318-106, also raised objection to the Obama administration for trying to avoid close Congressional oversight of its actions at the International Monetary Fund, which aims to help countries weather the financial crisis. But with the Senate also working on its version, the legislation is likely to change before becoming law. The House, angry at Obamas attempt to avoid congressional influence over administration actions at the IMF, approved an amendment aimed at exerting more control. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said he had worked hard to get funding approved for the IMF. 'The notion that the administration can take the money and pick and choose what it wants to do with the conditions (placed on it) is unacceptable, Frank declared. Last month, Congress approved $108 billion in credit lines for the IMF as it helps countries with the economic crisis. The current House legislation includes guidance about how the US representative to the IMF and World Bank should vote on issues like health care. It also requires the US representative to the IMF to oppose allowing countries that have supported acts of terrorism to withdraw hard currency like US dollars, Japanese yen or euros from the IMF. 'I think we can all agree that now more than ever we need to keep a watchful eye on how we spend money, said Republican Representative Kay Granger, who authored the IMF provisions. The administration has opposed the IMF restrictions.