December 14th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
8 months ago

Senate passes bill to keep government funded

Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved $447 billion in spending for several Cabinet departments and other agencies for the 2010 budget year - money needed to fund the federal government after the coming week.

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 to succeed the previous funding resolution that expires December 18.

The vote occurred in an unusual Sunday session as the Senate worked for the second consecutive weekend in a push by the Democratic leadership to complete work on a sweeping health care bill and also get the appropriations bill passed.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Matt Lancaster PA

    More earmarks! YAYYY!

    December 14, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Mike

    As usual it was loaded with pork barrell spending.

    December 14, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. don abel

    What's going on here ? Where am I ? Who is in my own property steeling my own money and I can't even say a word on it , I HOPE OBAMA FAILS !

    December 14, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. I don't see why we can't just fund the govt. for half a year

    is the govt really so necessary? or can that money be better spent locally?

    December 14, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Enough

    Another pork filled spending disaster.........courtesy of the Democrats. don't they understand, we don't have this money they are spending?

    December 14, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Silence Dogoode

    I think if the Govt expects us to "tighen our belts" they should show us the way....what hypocisy!

    December 14, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. GI Joe

    Wonder if they sneaked in a healthy pay raise for themselves?

    December 14, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Concerned Democrat

    How much pork and special projects have been inserted into this bill?

    December 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    More thievery in the night by this out-of-control liberal and socialist congress. Why can't they tighten their belts like the rest of us?

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. unemployed by Obama

    wasted money and NO JOBS. Vote the BUMS OUT.

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Bob in Pa

    Why bother, close it down for a few months.

    December 14, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Tony T

    Well its time to see if Obama simply lied again when he said he would VETO any bill with Pork in it. He would go line by line and strike out any wasteful spending. It will be a new way of working in Washington. Blah, blah, blah... I think we all already know he LIED about that too.

    December 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. yuri

    And now how to spend it will be a big bicker-and brawl based belligerence by all concerned.

    December 14, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Shawn Williams

    I get so tired of people complaining about taxes. All I ever hear is people saying, "i don't want the government taking one cent of my money". You know, its not like Obama takes these taxes, tosses them in a large vault and swims in it like Scrooge McDuck...some of this stuff in the bill goes to programs that for a long time have been very underfunded. Sure, there is a lot of pork, and you are right to protest it, but shut up about paying taxes. We americans want the best schools, the best law enforcement, the best healthcare, the best of everything. We just don't wanna pay for it...

    December 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |