February 25th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
5 years ago

House passes $410 billion FY09 spending bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government operating for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, which ends September 30.

The bill passed on a largely party-line 245-178 vote, with most Democrats voting in favor of it and most Republicans opposed. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

House GOP leaders said the bill's spending increases are too large. They criticized the addition of several billion dollars worth of earmarks designed to support pet projects in individual lawmakers' districts.

Democrats defended the size of the bill, saying it was necessary to help counter the economic downturn.

President Barack Obama is expected to unveil his fiscal year 2010 budget on Thursday.


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Virginia

    Well, here we go again–spend,spend,spend! $1trillion ++++

    February 25, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Jeff of Peoria

    If it does have earmarks Obama has promised to VETO it. Let's see if he is a man of his word. I'm betting not.

    February 25, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. MICK in MESA

    Hey dems!
    We have our chance to show "statesmanship" and win back even more of the voters confidence.
    DROP THE EARMARKS ALREADY! You won't loose re-election for not getting that bike path or whatever put in the budget, honest!!

    February 25, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Rob

    Here piggy, piggy! Gotta wonder how many billions go to Nancy's must have projects.
    I thought Barry said there'd be no more earmarks? Oh wait, that's right, the fine print says, "Statement doesn't apply to Democrats." Oh well, the screwing of America continues.

    I smell bacon

    February 25, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. CAL

    The GOP needs to clean house and start a new. These whinners are so narrow minded that it's pathetic. it would be nice if the entire GOP would just go away, far, far, away I for one am sick of those losers.

    February 25, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. still hoping

    dimocrats again adding pork to the bill. always amazes me when the dimocrats gain an upperhand in congress, that they will do things to squander it away. They definately have the right party mascot!

    February 25, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Joshua College Station Texas

    "House GOP leaders said the bill's spending increases are too large. They criticized the addition of several billion dollars worth of earmarks designed to support pet projects in individual lawmakers' districts. Democrats defended the size of the bill, saying it was necessary to help counter the economic downturn. "

    This sounds like it will be a recurring theme. I think both sides are right. Dems should eliminate earmarks and not use the stressed economy as an opportunity to slip in their pet projects. But Republicans shouldn't be negative just for the sake of representing the opposition.

    February 25, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. obama-mama

    I'm not even going to comment on the GOP. It's getting tiresome. I think they love attention.

    February 25, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "They criticized the addition of several billion dollars worth of earmarks designed to support pet projects in individual lawmakers' districts."

    Translation: the GOP mischaracterized several billion dollars allocated in the bill as "pork" in order to perpetuate their we-can't-stand-that-we're-not-in-control temper tantrum.

    2010: the year one party politics was born in America.

    February 25, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Matt

    Ahh the rest of the pork that did not make it into the stimulus bill from Botox Barbie and the congressional chimps.

    February 25, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Matthew, Detroit

    MORE MONEY MORE MONEY MORE MONEY.

    IN 2012 Barack is still going to be blaming President Bush.

    This is a joke. At what point does he take responsibility for all the spending.

    There is a claim of 1,000's of earmarks in this bill by BOTH parties.
    Why are they there at all.

    I cant spend money I dont have so why does the goverment continue.

    February 25, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Richard

    There they go again!!!!!! Spending money we don't have.

    February 25, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Pet projects" in GOP code speak just means it was something the Dems support that the GOP does not. They'd just as easily have put their own "pet projects" in the bill if they had the supermajority. Seriously...we should set up wind turbines in front of the GOP's section of the House and RNC's headquarters, because these people are nothign but a source of hot air.

    February 25, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. no corporate politics

    In only two minutes I found 4 lies pertaining to this. If things were beyond his control, he should not have promised them. I believed him.

    more earmarks as opposed to: "Barack Obama is committed to returning earmarks to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994."—Obama's "The Change We Need In Washington"

    "Obama will reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget rules, so that new spending or tax cuts are paid for by spending cuts or new revenue elsewhere."—Obama's Blueprint for Change

    Bills displayed online for 5 days.

    Bipartisan support.

    February 25, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. J.P.

    Imagine the federal government ONLY doing what the Constitution allows it to do... build the roads, defend the shores/borders and deliver the mail.

    ...versus the unconstitutional power it has usurped from the states to be all things to all people, do all things for all people. The federal government has basically become Santa Claus, promising to deliver all sorts of goodies it has zero Constitutional authority to provide.

    You want a small government budget? You want ZERO deficits? Simple. Build the roads, defend the shores, deliver the mail and NOTHING ELSE. Stop trying to be all things to all people.

    February 25, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Proud American

    gee...where's the 5 days of sunshine? I bet the budget includes payraises for government workers...did any layoff occur? Because, as Obama says, we all have to make sacrifices...what a load of crap. First they rape the country for a trillion, and oh, by the way, we need another 410 billion....so any pork cut from the Stimupork bill, will covertly find it's way into this package...good job, libs! That's real transparent! That's Change and Hope!

    February 25, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Objective thinking

    We as a country are screwed.

    February 25, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    I guess what they really mean by "small government" is really "no government"...I wouldn't be suprised if they just want the states controlling everythign so they can at least turn some of them into theocratic segregationist wingnut utopias.

    February 25, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. carlo

    This is ironic, especially considering the fact that part of the pork is the staff for a majority Rep. Congress that no longer exists, and the GOP are insisting on keeping the same staff levels. How much is that one costing again?

    February 25, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Laura, Boston

    How many pet projects are in this bill? I heard over 9,000. It will be a true leader to be able to veto this kind of spending.

    Obama said last night that "he gets it". Maybe, but the democrats in the house certainly don't "get it". We not them but WE the Americans who gave them their jobs are losing ours. Do they honestly think we care about funding their earmarks? We are mad as hornets! I don't think they will have jobs in 2010 if they keep spending our hard earned tax dollars like a drunken sailor on leave.

    Congress you better "get it" or you won't last after 2010? I'd rather have a fiscal rethuglican in office than a wild spending democrud who doesn't care about me, my children or my grandchildren.

    February 25, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. dimes

    Democrats the party of pork. They will spend us into a depression! You Democrats or more properly Lummox will destroy this great county unless you grow a brain.

    February 25, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. the idiot

    Check this one out. Yes it keeps the government going, but Pelosi and company really larded this one up after just passing the porkulus package two weeks ago. But as Chuck Schumer says, no one really cares. Hope they keep that attitude going until the next election.

    February 25, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Bo

    THE GOP IS ONE BIG FATTY WHINNY PORKY FACTION

    February 25, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Steve

    This is all we're going to hear from the GOP for the next few years. If their even still around!! LOL

    February 25, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Task

    Another $410 billion rammed through by the democrats. No surprise there.

    To the democrats with common sense I must ask. How does it feel to know that in barely ONE MONTH Obama and the democrats in congress have already increased the national debt by almost the same amount that Bill Clinton did in EIGHT YEARS?

    Will you all continue to blindly follow him?

    February 25, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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