WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate passed a $3.53 trillion version of the federal budget for fiscal year 2010 late Thursday night in a party-line vote, ending several weeks of acrimonious partisan debate.
The package was approved on a 55-43 vote. GOP Sens. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine - who voted in favor of the president's stimulus bill last month - voted against what is essentially the blueprint of Obama's economic policies going forward.
Earlier in the evening, the House of Representatives passed its own version of the spending plan –$3.55 trillion budget, capping off a long day of debate and voting marked by the defeat of several alternative spending plans.
The House version of the budget, which passed by a margin of 233-196, also passed in a virtual party-line vote. All but 20 House Democrats supported it; no House Republican voted in favor.
Neither budget package garnered a single GOP vote.
In London, England, where he has been attending the Group of 20 summit, President Barack Obama lauded the budget votes.
"Tonight, the Senate has joined the House of Representatives in taking an important step toward rebuilding our struggling economy," he said in a statement.
Now we can have health care, tax cuts, VA Benefits, clean energy, and lots of good things our country needs.
I don't mind paying my taxes at all long as the money is spent toward good – and this money is spent toward good.
YEAH for our country!
President Obama should forget about the GOP because they are going to do everything in their power to stop what he is doing. They are out of date and out of touch. They are still living and stuck in the pass with leave it to beaver and Happy days!! That is why they are call–The grand OLD party!! They still long for the south to be like it use to be with slavery.
The republicans were smart in staying well away from passing this pork laden budget.
The polls show now that the American people are getting sick and tired of the spending the Obama administration is doing. You are seeing more and more "tea parties" popping up throughout the country. Why, we and our offspring are going to be hammered with a national debt to big to count. Are the representatives and Senators who voted (the dems) for this listening to those who sent them to Washington. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So in effect the people end up with Taxaction without Representation...just as it was in the good old days when the Boston Tea Party was held.
I remember people voting out Republicans because they passed the Bush budgets. People need to remember this in 2010 when they have the opportunity to vote out those who have been giving away the futures of our young people. Who? The democrats.
Sorry people meant 'OBSTRUCTIONISM AT ITS BEST'.
God bless you Mr P