Political wrangling in the Diet over the controversial second supplementary budget for fiscal 2008 ended Tuesday when the ruling bloc’s legislation effectively prevailed by default.

The ¥4.79 trillion extra budget includes Prime Minister Taro Aso’s contentious ¥2 trillion cash handout program. Although the government-submitted extra budget was rejected Monday morning by the opposition-controlled Upper House, the Constitution gives final say to the Lower House on budget decisions when the two chambers are at loggerheads.

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