December 14th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
6 months ago

Bayh urges Obama to veto spending bill

Sen. Evan Bayh is urging President Barack Obama to veto an end of the year government funding bill that fellow Democrats pushed through the Senate this past weekend.
Sen. Evan Bayh is urging President Barack Obama to veto an end of the year government funding bill that fellow Democrats pushed through the Senate this past weekend.

Washington (CNN) -  Sen. Evan Bayh is urging President Barack Obama to veto a huge end of the year government funding bill that fellow Democrats pushed through the Senate this past weekend.

On a mostly partisan vote of 57-35, the Senate approved the compromise omnibus spending plan worked out with the House, which passed it last week. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The senator from Indiana was one of three Democrats, joining Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, to vote against the spending bill, which is needed to keep the federal government running as of next week.

"The president didn't create this mess, but Congress must be restrained," Bayh said in a statement released Monday. "We have to take the credit card away from the politicians who just want to spend, spend, spend. More than one trillion dollars of spending was just way too much. This may not win me a popularity contest in the halls of Congress, but it's the right thing to do."

In March, Bayh was one of only two Democratic senators to vote against a similar omnibus spending bill that passed Congress. Bayh also urged the president to veto that spending bill, which funded the government for the remaining months of the current fiscal year.

Bayh, who's up for re-election next year, has increasingly parted ways with his caucus on Senate votes. Last week he was among a handful of Democrats to vote in favor of a health care reform amendment that would have strengthened restrictions on the use of federal taxpayer funds for abortions - an amendment that was vehemently opposed by liberals. Bayh's also opposed to a clean energy bill being pushed by Democrats.

Last year, Bayh was a major supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign and was considered a contender for the vice presidential nomination that eventually went to fellow senator Joe Biden.


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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Right Leaning Independent

    Hey Obama, at least pull out that famous scalpel you claimed you would use to cut out the fat! Remember when McCain said he would use an Axe and you claimed you would use a scalpel and go line by line?? It seems that your scalpel has turned into a red pen with endless ink....

    December 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    Can anyone spell P-O-R-K?

    December 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. WIlly Brown

    He won't. Democrats even empty suited ones love to spend others peoples money and call it "change".

    December 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. all the news that's fit to omit

    Finally some Democrats standing up to the "loss errr Boss".

    5000 earmarks sheep, he SAID when campaigning he would do away with them, LIE number 23456.

    He also said the HC debate would be on C-SPAN over and over again, another LIE.

    He said he would reach across the aisle and be the most uh, uh, uh transparent admin ever, more lies.

    Hows the hopey changey thing going on kool-aid guzzlers, think about that when your kids and grandkids are still paying for this frauds "ideas" at changing this formerly great Country.

    HE RUINED IT for uh, uh generations to come.

    December 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. RichP the Pocono's

    WE need to send both houses home for a year and keep these clowns from passing any new legislation or spending anymore money.

    December 14, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. bsmith171

    obama has never been an executive therefore he will ignore Bayh.
    besides he is required to follow directions on legislative matter from one of his two bosses. this time it is Emanuel.

    December 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Amen to decrease spending.

    December 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Idiot_Pelosi

    Kudos to Bayh

    Stop the spending
    Stop the Debt

    December 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Wouldn't that be something, if the president vetoed this bill? It would be evidence of his resolve to stop wasteful spending, as he promised. It would shut the Repugnants up, and it would signal the Democrats to get some spine.

    And wouldn't the Repugnants sing a different tune when the bill got stripped of all the wasteful spending they added to a bill that was expected to be passed and signed by Democrats? They expected to get their pork and have the Democrats take the heat. I think it would be politically brilliant to veto it.

    December 14, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Mike in MN

    Bayh is one of a small number of Democrats who know the size of the deficits and the amount of borrowing has gone beyond the level that our nation can afford. The rest of the Democrats know no restraint when it comes to spending, they have no concept of the difference between what we can afford and what we can not. The argument that Bush had deficits too is not excuse to go beyond the point of no return concerning goverment deficits that we can not afford to pay back. The Bush deficits were bad, the Obama deficits are a major disaster that our nation may never be able to recover from.

    December 14, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. HBO

    Bayh supported Clinton and never spooke up for President Obama during last year's election... Now, he has the unmitigated, arrogant gall to tell the POTUS what he should do...

    Bayh... you can go jump in a bay (the deepest one you can find) with concrete boots on.

    December 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Terry from West Texas

    So three aging political hacks in the Senate want to take the credit card away from "the politicians." How do they want to do it?

    How about they do their job in the Senate? How about taking away the cloture rule so a majority can make decisions? How about standing up for what they believe in. I know they have a really easy job with terrific benefits and they don't want to lose it, but...

    What were these folks elected for? To kick the can down Pennsylvania Street to the White House?

    December 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. JES

    I don't think Obama knows how to veto anything that has to do with spending our tax dollars.

    December 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Bill

    Bayh should not worry about this bill. Obama promised he would go line by line and veto any pork.

    December 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Paul from Phoenix

    Finally, a competent politician.

    December 14, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Rob

    As a moderate Democrat, I respect and support any member of congress who believes in fiscal responsibility. One area of change that will make a big difference is the use of contractors who are doing jobs that our military is fully capable of doing. The only difference is the contractors get paid way more than our service members. The training isn't any better and their standards of conduct do not even compare to that of our men and women in uniform. These people are hired by the CIA, which falls under this budget.

    December 14, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. seebofubar

    WOW, three democrats that want to do what's right for America. Thanks to all three for that, maybe some others will wake up and follow their lead.

    December 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. JP

    Maybe this guy should be president instead of the clown we have now.

    December 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. unemployed by Obama

    Obama wont veto it, Obama spends more of our tax dollars and that makes him a traitor to the American people. We got change and its for the worse.

    December 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Christian Values

    Yea, let's shut down the government, but make sure you shut down the military too. Because, we need to be consistant when we 'shut down spending". Right you all?

    December 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Tina

    I don't understand the Democrats handling of our country. Why are they spending like crazy? I guess to want to spend all these money so it goes to their pockets and pork barrel (or hidden staches..) before they are fired this 2010.
    How many Democrats had been accused of stealing and corruption? They think they can manipulate the American people. ENOUGH Democrats and Liberals. YOU ARE WASTING PEOPLE HARD END MONEY– IT IS ALL OUR SWEATS AND LATE NIGHT SLEEPS trying to make a living and you are all wasting it away. Shame on Obama and his administration. Sorry to say this! But I am really mad.

    December 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. terry,va

    The buck doesn't stop at Obummie's desk. He spends everyone that has been printed and everyone that will be printed in the future until we kick him out of office.

    December 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Jerry Coltrane

    Do this for the good of the American people, Obama, and veto the bill.

    December 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. notfooledbydistractions

    Ah, another born-again fiscal conservative.

    Sorry Evan, your schtick is a little tough to swallow since you didn't have the same vigilance when a massive surplus was turned into a massive deficit between 200-2008. Your fiscal conservatism seems to be selective. Save if for those naive enough to buy it.

    December 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. aneanderthal

    Since democrats have never seen a spending bill they didn't love, I figure Bayh must be coming up for re-election.

    December 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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