December 10th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
3 months ago

U.S. House passes $447 billion government spending bill

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $447 billion spending bill that funds several Cabinet departments and other agencies for the 2010 budget year - money needed to keep government funded after next week.

The omnibus bill, which combined six separate appropriations measures for 2010, passed on a 221-202 vote with no Republican support. It would succeed an existing resolution funding the federal government that expires on December 18.

It also authorizes about $600 billion in mandatory federal spending on government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, funding that is set by formula and cannot be altered by Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the spending legislation included measures to help create jobs by expanding small-business access to capital and credit, and investing in infrastructure development and clean energy. She called it fiscally responsible, noting it was "below the president's budget request."

"In these tough budgetary times, we have made tough choices," said Pelosi, D-California.

The bill would fund non-defense government agencies, including the Transportation Department, State Department, Veterans Affairs, Department of Commerce and Department of Justice, for the fiscal year that started October 1. A separate defense spending bill will be considered next week, Pelosi said.

Republicans denounced the bill as bloated with wasteful spending, with House Minority Leader John Boehner saying, "We're broke," and arguing it was time to cut spending.

"When are we going to say enough is enough?" Boehner said.

According to the independent, non-partisan group Taxpayers for Common Sense, the spending bill includes 5,244 earmarks that total just under $4 billion in federal spending. It now goes to the Senate for its approval.

Among its many provisions, the bill would allow the government to transfer suspected terrorists now held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States to stand trial, and allow passengers on Amtrak trains to check guns.

It also would provide auto dealers closed down under the General Motors and Chrysler restructuring an opportunity to be reinstated. The bill sets up a binding-arbitration process for dealers to present evidence on why the car companies should re-open their dealerships.

Updated: 7:08 p.m.


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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. WIlly Brown

    Let's hear it for the party of "One Term" and done! The Dummycrats!

    December 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Yup, you're right.. we're broke so let's stop spending money on wasteful things like Social Security, Medicare, wages for State and Federal employees (all of which come out of this bill). As long as Halliburton and Blackwater got their no-bid contracts and as long as the Banks and Wall St. get their de-regulation, all is well in Republican-land.

    December 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    The party of "NO" Partiotism strikes again. Yes – as we are starting to come out of the worst recession in our history caused by the party of "NO", of course cut off funding and just say "NO" to recovery. Your tea-baggers and Fox media will love you, but history will put you on the page of shame.

    December 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Obama is bankrupting us.......

    and it won't be funny......Moody's is already threatening to drop our credit rating and when that happens, borrowing rates are going up.....

    This is no different than your own household....spend more than you have and big trouble looms.....this is not a joke.....we could become a banana republic overnight......

    December 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. j

    Wasn't it the Republican's deficit spending that put us in this mess to begin with. So if "we're broke" as Boehner says, it's the GOP that got us there. Statistically the economy does better under a Democratic president and I'd rather let the Democrats control the purse strings for awhile. I completely disagree with the Republican's "trickle down" approach to the economy. They've nearly decimated the middle class with their approach so maybe the Democrats don't have all the answers but they can't do worse than the Republicans.

    December 10, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Dar

    Why are the Dem's trying so hard to break us, they just dont get it. They are writing checks that can't be cashed.
    God help us all

    December 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. HAWK IN TEXAS

    There you go republicans again failing to help out veterans and the common people. yet you stood by and said nothing when bush was blowing billions that we did not have then either. but it is different when a republican is wasting money isn't it. helping out poor old haliburton or bush's favorite brown and root.

    December 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. George

    Cry Baby Boehner is still at it. He has done nothing in Washington so if he wants smaller government, why doesn't he go home?

    December 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. mime

    Now the repulicans want to cut spending where were they last year before the need was so great

    December 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    Since Republicans voted no on the bill the following should happen: No aides, no check, no health care, no travel expenses, no free meals, no gym and all of the other perks they enjoy at our expense. What a bunch of losers, hypocrites and sinners Republicans are. We don't need a Republican Party anymore that's why I left the party.

    December 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    Maybe the members of the ReBirtherTea Party can shut down the govenment. Hey, it worked so well for them in 1995.

    December 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Sick

    The USA has cancer and the tumor's name is FOX News.

    In 100 years when historiand analyse the downfall of the American empire, they will pinpoint FOX and it's poison message as the fuel for the end.

    December 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Mark

    4 Billion dollars worth of pork. Don't you love how these loons waste our money? Vote them all out.......

    December 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    The folks who keep spouting that obama is a socialist crack me up. Obama is a centrist. Why do you think the far right and far left are both disappointed? The problem is one of perception. We've been ruled by the batsh!t crazy right for the better part of the last 3 decades. So, to those of us with miniscule little American attention spans, anyone left of Reagan appears to be a cryptotrotskyite or some such rascal. Y'all are really naive. Still, I suppose a centrist is better than a neoclown Jesus freak any day. Have a nice day!

    December 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice for everyone to sit down and work out a budget. These stop-gap spending resolutions are going to hurt us in the long run. It is better than letting the government grind to a halt.

    December 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Amazing

    And the spending continues with the excuse of it creating jobs. Wasn't the $787 billion stimulus supposed to create jobs? What a bunch of out of touch tax and spenders they are.

    December 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    There is only one way to stop Obama and the Democrats from their spending lust. Vote them all out of office in 2010 and 2012.

    December 10, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Wheres my free stuff Obamessiah?!

    Hard to believe Pelosi has five kids and seven grandkids...what makes it difficult to believe (besides her looks) is that she doesn't seem to care that it is future generations picking up the tab for her out of control spending.

    December 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Marco V

    Give the republicans what they want and they still end up voting against it. The party of no...why say yes?

    December 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Second Week of Advent- symbolic of Peace and Bethlehem,birth of Our Savior

    Wow..that's a lotta money.....
    What gets me more though on this article...guns on Amtrack....
    where do they 'check' their guns? Most train stations have no clearance area. This seems like an awful set up to the people who ride the trains.... I am all for a person's right to bare arms....but what is preventing the 'wrong' person from going on a train with those arms?

    December 10, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. aneanderthal

    Sound like a bloated political agenda type of bill typical of the libs, plus a lot of other things that interfere with out lives and are not necessary. More government give aways to the lazy, non workers that can't pass drug test, and of course to the lazy, stupid union workers who feel they have to pay someone to think for them being products of the NEA system.

    December 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Joseph-Ohio

    Funny Republicans seem to only be concerned about earmarks when they are not in power. Funny how all of the sudden Dem spending is wasteful spending. Funny how none of them said a word about the billions and billions of waste Bush ran through for 8 years. Will I ever live in a time a man will be judged by the content of his character not the party he is a member of? Will ALL of you please come together, stop crying because your party is not in the White House, and stop pointing fingers at the President like some "spolied I did not win the game baby"

    December 10, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    The joke known as the Republican Party continues. No support for the spending bill. No support for the health care bill. No support for the American people. These are the people who have been screaming for the last year that small businesses need tax breaks and affordable loans in order to create jobs. As soon as the President decides to do this, they don't support it anymore. Here's an idea for a commercial any Democrat running against a Republican. Flash pictures of various Republican politicians. Play a song that uses the Monty Python tune for the Spam song. But the only word used is "NO". At the end of the commercial, the voice over would say " The G NO P. Bad for America."

    December 10, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John Boehner needs to learn the difference between the Consitution and the Declaration of Independence. During a press conference he held up the Constitution and used quotations from the Declaration of Independence, his consitutents surrounding him just dropped their heads in embarrassment. Beohner is a proven idiot.

    December 10, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. W l Jones

    447 billion X 7 + intrest put a lot of money into circulation to help turn the tide in our economy. Thank you.

    December 10, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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