March 10th, 2009
07:14 PM ET
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BREAKING: Senate passes $410 billion spending bill

The Senate passed a $410 billion spending bill Tuesday evening.

The Senate passed a $410 billion spending bill Tuesday evening.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A massive spending bill that funds the U.S. government for the rest of the budget year passed the Senate on Tuesday despite complaints about nearly $8 billion in what critics called "pork-barrel" projects.

Senators voted 62-35 to cut off debate on the $410 billion measure and passed it on a voice vote immediately afterward.

The omnibus spending bill includes more than 8,000 congressional "earmarks," which total almost $8 billion. The earmarks have caused critics to question President Barack Obama's pledge to end wasteful spending, but Obama administration officials say the bill is a holdover from the previous Congress.

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  1. Ridgeway

    Trite as it is government is the best at giving away money to losers and derelicts. The problem is to give something to someone the government has to take it away from someone else. Like taxpayers.

    March 10, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. maria

    All you have to do is look at the state you live in to see what the liberal agenda does for the economy. Have fun with your I.O.U. voucher!

    whats the matter. Its' only money. Our great-great-great grandkids. They won't mind at all.

    March 10, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. mh

    the American people will remember who voted this in and will will vote them out!!

    March 10, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Marge

    rush is gonna blow such hot air about this if we harness it, we might keep the USA going for at least a month. Hook him up, he's a new form of energy with all that hot air.

    March 10, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Lilly Rose

    Earmarks! Earmarks! I'm kind of sick of hearing about them. From what I've read in recent weeks, these earmarks are actually pet spending projects in certain district that could actually put people to work. If the earmark achieves that, then it is not a waste of money. Any money that puts people back to work is well spent. By the way, I understand that the stock market rose quite nicely today. How about 'blaming' President Obama for it?

    March 10, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. SC

    Seems to me the last Congress was democrats. Ummm!! Oh, but is still Bush's fault.

    March 10, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Eileen

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called the bill a "missed opportunity."


    You're right Mitch, you missed the opportunity to show the American tax payers that you're not the hypocrit you later proved yourself to be. Instead of taking all the pork you put into the budget – I believe it was 36 solo projects – you could have stepped up and removed your earmarks from the budget – and prompted your fellow senators to do the same. But, sadly just continued to whine. McCain did his fair share of whining and dramatizing, but if he was really any kind of a "leader", he could have/should have been working with his peers to remove the earmarks put in the budget by the members of his party. I guess the gop motto continues to be – do as I say, not as I do. Hypocrits.

    March 10, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Pat M

    Business as usual. And don't blame the Republicans either. The pork was placed there by both Democrats and Republicans. If you can understand this basic concept, then your blind.

    March 10, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Zion

    If anyone has ever done budgets, they are done for the previous year. These earmarks were included last year. To pull these so called pet-projects out means to further stall another economic necessity. President Obama is reponsible for the next budget, and its amount of earmarks, but not this one. Report not just the truth, but the entire truth.

    March 10, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Paul from Kissimmee

    God help us now. Thanks alot

    March 10, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    McCain actually has it right. Business as usual in Washington. Obama should veto this bill, put congress back into its place, and impose the change in Washington we truly require.

    March 10, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Let there be PORK...And lo..there was pork, and plenty of it and they said it was good!
    But they also said that it was left over from the last congress. But now we must have a pork free diet

    March 10, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Wait for the stock market to fall tomorrow due to the greed and irresponsibility of this congress.

    March 10, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Jean, NH

    Good, if this is what Barack wants. I trust him and him ONLY. The others are self serving and greedy, especially the GOP.

    March 10, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Chuck, Tennessee

    Obama is taking the position this is a holdover bill from a prior Congress, therefore he must sign it. What a liar. It is his bill if he signs it. I hope people are already beginning to see how much he lied to get their votes.

    March 10, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. bk

    We wqnt their names, so we can vote them out.

    March 10, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. Capt. SNarKy

    Way to go Congress! It is so good to see "Business as Usual – citizens get the shaft".

    Glad you listen to your constituents.......

    March 10, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Chad

    Im noticing a common theme with this administration. They really arent doing anything, its all the last Congress fault. Last time I checked that was Dems too. When is it finally going to be time for this administration to do something and just not use the excuse that this is just left over.

    March 10, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. jaye

    This should help get the economy moving....

    March 10, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    Bipartisanship, finally.

    March 10, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. mother of a soldier

    If Obama could undo bills signed by Bush, why couldn't he veto this....or is it because it was a dem congress that wrote the spending bill?

    March 10, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Dan

    Given the Republican criticism, here's the following food for thought:

    In order to pay for these and other government programs, Hoover agreed to one of the largest tax increases in American history. The Revenue Act of 1932 raised income tax on the highest incomes from 25% to 63%. The estate tax was doubled and corporate taxes were raised by almost 15%. Also, a "check tax" was included that placed a 2-cent tax (over 30 cents in today's dollars) on all bank checks. Economists William D. Lastrapes and George Selgin,[33] conclude that the check tax was "an important contributing factor to that period's severe monetary contraction." Hoover also encouraged Congress to investigate the New York Stock Exchange, and this pressure resulted in various reforms.

    National debt expressed as a fraction of gross national product climbs from 20% to 40% under Hoover; levels off under FDR; soars during World War II. From Historical Statistics US (1976)For this reason, years later libertarians argued that Hoover's economics were statist. Franklin D. Roosevelt blasted the Republican incumbent for spending and taxing too much, increasing national debt, raising tariffs and blocking trade, as well as placing millions on the dole of the government. Roosevelt attacked Hoover for "reckless and extravagant" spending, of thinking "that we ought to center control of everything in Washington as rapidly as possible," and of leading "the greatest spending administration in peacetime in all of history." Roosevelt's running mate, John Nance Garner, accused the Republican of "leading the country down the path of socialism".[34]

    Currently, President Obama is being criticized by Republicans for doing basically what President Hoover (a Republican) did and was criticized by FDR a Democratic President. The Great Depression came about 8 months after Hoover took office. President Obama is trying to prevent another one.

    March 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. The American People

    MAY GOD HELP US ALL.......

    March 10, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. fred

    Thank you John McCain. Mitch McConnell, you've got some explaining to do on those 36 earmarks. Thanks to the other Republicans and Democrats who didn't request any earmarks.

    March 10, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Rob from Pa

    Putting it politely as I can Senators – You Scum sucking vermon are doing just a wonderful job restoring confidence in the American population !

    This country will collapse under such weight !
    I know people that are skimming money out of their savings accounts just to stash around the house. I suggested they buy gold coins instead.

    March 10, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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