House passes spending bill
December 16th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes spending bill

Washington (CNN) - A compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year won approval Friday from the House of Representatives, the first step toward averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.

The nearly $1 trillion measure passed on a 296-121 vote and now goes to the Senate, where approval is also expected. It was unclear if a Senate vote would take place Friday or Saturday.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Good. Democrats feared that Republicans would pack it in and go home for Christmas recess if this measure were passed before the payroll tax cut extension was resolved. Now let's see if that is exactly what the Republicans do. Raise taxes on the middle class.

    December 16, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    >The measure now goes to the Senate, where approval is also expected to prevent a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday.

    Will somebody be there to kick Harry Reid's chair to wake him up and let him know he has something to do???

    Or will he declare this dead on arrival like he did everything else so he and Obama could then claim others weren't doing any work???

    The Democrat Senate, hasn't done anything all year, maybe they can pass this so they'll get their paycheck before Christmas. Not sure why they deserve to get paid though. Did nothing all year. Could have paid parrots to sit there and screech "dead on arrival" "dead on arrival"....

    December 16, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Thank you Mr. Speaker Boehner for not raising ANYONE'S taxes.

    December 16, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Gurgi

    Lets hope it will make it past the obstructionist demo controlled senate.

    December 16, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Billionaires got bailed out; we got sold out. OWS!

    December 16, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing wrote:

    Will somebody be there to kick Harry Reid's chair to wake him up and let him know he has something to do???

    The Democrat Senate, hasn't done anything all year, maybe they can pass this so they'll get their paycheck before Christmas. Not sure why they deserve to get paid though. Did nothing all year. Could have paid parrots to sit there and screech "dead on arrival" "dead on arrival"....
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    Is this an example of your facts that "liberals" cannot refute?

    December 16, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Thank you Mr. Speaker Boehner for not raising ANYONE'S taxes.
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    Not so fast.. The issue is still unresovled. Your guys should not leave town just yet.

    December 16, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    > Is this an example of your facts that "liberals" cannot refute?

    Is this factless statement your idea of a rebuttal?? Maybe you can provide a list of bills sent to the Senate and how many were acted on so that ALL might be enlightened on the Do Nothing Democrat Senate??? If they got paid $1 per bill they considered this year, I doubt they could pay for a Mickey D Happy Meal!

    December 16, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Hammerer

    What a joke!
    Congress creates a crisis, passes a bill to spend $1 TRILLION and proclaims "we have saved America"
    The people in Washington are playing the taxpayer for fools and stealing them blind.
    And then have the nerve to call other countries corrupt!

    December 16, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Maybe you can provide a list of bills sent to the Senate and how many were acted on so that ALL might be enlightened on the Do Nothing Democrat Senate??? "

    It is all readily available on the Senate's webpage, junior.

    December 16, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Not so fast.. The issue is still unresovled. Your guys should not leave town just yet."

    Indeed. McConnell is running around saying he won't accept any payroll tax cut legislation that doesn't contain the pipeline language. The GOP is desperate to force the State Department to deny the permits so hey can run around claiing Obama killed jobs and saying "see....look....environmental regulations are killing jobs." What are they afraid of? Top scientists are coming out with analyses that the tar sands may contain enough pollutants to make climate change irreversible. Moreover, the longer the debate goes on, the more people are going to start asking what the Alaska pipeline has been like...and they don't want people to know that it's been a constant source of problems.

    December 16, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "Maybe you can provide a list of bills sent to the Senate and how many were acted on so that ALL might be enlightened on the Do Nothing Democrat Senate???"

    You really don't understand government at all, do you? Apparently you are unaware that vote support can be easily determined, in most cases, as to which bills have a chance in Hades of passing and which don't. The GOBP deathcult manure they are passing off as legislation has no possibility of passing the Senate. Knowing this, why are you blaming the Senate for not wasting time with garbage? Wasting time is inefficient. When is your deathcult going send the Senate some actual job bills. You know, bills that don't rely on proven policy failures like tax cuts for the filthy rich and deregulation.

    December 16, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing wrote:

    Is this factless statement your idea of a rebuttal?? Maybe you can provide a list of bills sent to the Senate and how many were acted on so that ALL might be enlightened on the Do Nothing Democrat Senate??? If they got paid $1 per bill they considered this year, I doubt they could pay for a Mickey D Happy Meal!
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    This factless remark above is supposed to be a rebuttal? A rebuttal to my observation that you present no facts that need to be debunked? Rick Perry debates better than you do.

    December 16, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    And let's not forget...the GOP/Teatrol's do NOT want to pass payroll tax cut extensions, which is why they're desperately trying to poison it. What they really want is for our paychecks to shrink and demand to take a huge hit on January 1, 2012 so the economy falters and they can blame it on Obama.

    December 16, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    And let's not forget...the GOP/Teatrol's do NOT want to pass payroll tax cut extensions, which is why they're desperately trying to poison it. What they really want is for our paychecks to shrink and demand to take a huge hit on January 1, 2012 so the economy falters and they can blame it on Obama. Mark my words: they just might walk away from this after insisting on the pipeline in hopes that they can succeed in getting the public to believe it was the Dems and Obama who scuttled their payroll tax cuts, not the GOP purposefully poisoning the legislation.

    December 16, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sniffit

    "Maybe you can provide a list of bills sent to the Senate and how many were acted on so that ALL might be enlightened on the Do Nothing Democrat Senate??? "

    It is all readily available on the Senate's webpage, junior.

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    LOL. Been there, done that myself, Sniffit. Some (OK – nearly all) of them are a laugh a minute read. Probably why most GOPers are avoiding that site like the plague.

    December 16, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Gurgi

    @truth....most of the liberal posters on here seem to go out of their way to perpetuate the liberal stereotype as a group of people that call names and insults proving they have a severe lack of character and do not have facts to back up their beliefs, whether true or not, the minute they start using insults and name calling their credibility goes out the window.

    December 16, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit observed:

    Mark my words: they just might walk away from this after insisting on the pipeline in hopes that they can succeed in getting the public to believe it was the Dems and Obama who scuttled their payroll tax cuts, not the GOP purposefully poisoning the legislation.
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    Exactly why people like Boehner and McConnell have been so publicly optimistic over the chances of extending the tax cut.

    December 16, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |