February 25th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
14 years ago

House passes $410 billion FY09 spending bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a $410 billion spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government operating for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, which ends September 30.

The bill passed on a largely party-line 245-178 vote, with most Democrats voting in favor of it and most Republicans opposed. It now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

House GOP leaders said the bill's spending increases are too large. They criticized the addition of several billion dollars worth of earmarks designed to support pet projects in individual lawmakers' districts.

Democrats defended the size of the bill, saying it was necessary to help counter the economic downturn.

President Barack Obama is expected to unveil his fiscal year 2010 budget on Thursday.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. JohnT

    This earmark-laden Omnibus bill represents an opportunity for President Obama to fulfill one of his campaign promises by demanding the removal of all the pet projects and other pork contained in this spending bill. The Bill's supporters are all crying that this bill should have been passed last September, as if that's an excuse to go forward with more excess spending. It's time to step up Mr. President and rid this bill of wasteful spending.

    February 25, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Collin

    I am a Democrat and I have to agree with the Republicans on this one. Why have another spending bill "to help counter the economic downturn," we just passed a $787 billion bill that does just that.

    February 25, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |


    February 25, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |

    spend- spend-SPEND-SPEND-spEND-SPEND-spend-SPEND-SPEND-SPEND-spend spend Spend spend spend Spend SPEND
    SPEND SPEND SPEND SPEND spend spend spend and spend some more–spend SPEND SPEND SPEND Spend spend spend spend THIS IS THE ONLY THING DEMOCROCKS KNOW WHAT TO DO-spend spend spend SPEND SPEND and SPEND SPEND spend

    February 25, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. georgie

    I just hope when obama lets us in on hes plan, he doesn't take up all of tv for the night. I couldn't watch it last night, and thats all anyone talked about today!

    February 25, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |

    If this "Pet Projects" are design to stimulate the economy, either by generating jobs, cleaning our environment, reducing oil dependency, etc, they should be a part of the Budget. Any means needed to counter the economic downturn are welcome. All those malcontent oponents to our new administration, should seriously think of our country first, as they so fervently claimed, during the last campaign.
    It was so refreshing to see last night, a brilliant man at the reigns of our country, what a change!!!

    February 25, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Deanna in Denver

    Oh, Sniffit, you make me laugh everyday!

    February 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Jaime

    I'm disappointed with my GOP. My party is becoming a party of NO instead of ideas.

    February 25, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "spending bill"? what's in it? salaries and operational budgets? oh my, I guess that must be "pork"...after all, we don't want there to be ANY government when a Dem is in office or, if there is one, we certainly want it to be hamstringed and unsuccessful. BYE BYE GOP.

    February 25, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. yuri

    Much to the chagrin of many hardcore GOPs, this bill is ambitiously aimed at attackin' all ills of the economic tragedies, as claimed by the darin' Dems. Now that will, forsooth, be one heck of an ambition, dear folks! Let's have a nail biting and cliff hangin' duel between these 2 rivals.

    February 25, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Ray Fisher

    The GOP still doesn't get the fact that they have ZERO credibility on anything, war, budgets, foreign policy, diplomacy, intelligence, FEMA, disasters, justice, torture, honesty or playing well with others. America has begun to gauge a negative Republican response to ANYTHING as a damn good sign that it must be the right thing to do!!! Seriously, somebody please help the GOP pull their heads out!!!

    February 25, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Marshall

    Got to love those pet projects. Just what we need is another bridge to no where.

    February 25, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Jo

    Well there goes the working together and helping the country. The republican donothings are all talk and take no action and have no idea of how to work with others. Please get these guys out office and put in people who actually do care and want to help their fellow citizens.

    February 25, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Hammer

    "Pet Projects" in Dem code means payment for votes. Another promise Obama "screwed-up" on.
    This bill only has 9,000 ear marks and Obama said none, that he would go line by line and take out ALL ear marks.
    Something else he will not deliver on.

    February 25, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Bipartisan

    Pet projects are just that. If the Republicans were in power they would have pet projects. But they aren't so the Democrats have there's. Pet projects are wasteful. Both sides have them. Any Democrat that tells you different is a liar. Both sides are crooks.

    February 25, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Simmy

    House GOP,

    Kiss my toenails!

    Nothing new going on in their camp.

    February 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    More earmarks? Didn't I hear our President say no more earmarks last night?

    February 25, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. jon

    Hmm...8% government year over year spending increase – and between $4B and $8B of pork depending on who you want to believe. Didn't we vote Bush out? What's happening to all the fiscal responsibility and no pork being hyped by the White House? Yep, this gives me plenty of hope and change I can believe in.

    February 25, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. YBM

    For all the non-listening, non-thinking sheeple out there,,,,,where do you think the money to pay back all these "stimulus' packages is going to come from,,,,,hmmmmm????

    You think we are hurting now??? Just wait until the bill comes due, so much for the "95% of Americans won't pay higher taxes (rather, will get a tax cut, as he said during the election). It will be a tax increase in some form, gas tax, road tax, VAT, sales tax or something, it might just not be an income tax so he can keep his "campaign promise".

    The antichrist is sending this country to he!! in a handbasket in a big hurry, or at least the same way as the roman empire went. Well maybe he is not the antichrist, maybe he just has a piece of the spear of destiny like hitler had.

    February 25, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. B

    Okay Obama here's your chance to prove what you say is true. Veto this bill that is full of pork.
    We the American people are getiing tired of the "Give me mo money, mo money, mo money" crap.

    February 25, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Revolting

    The American people have been lied to, and yes, even our beloved President. How can you stand before us and say NO earmarks, Nancy Pelosi even laughed out loud when that was said.

    And Republicans crying for weeks over the stimulus bill earmarks yet on the very next bill they own 4000 of the 9000 earmarks in the Omnibus bill. Jindal lied when he said the Republican party realized going along with big spending was a mistake, OH MY GOD, are you kidding me?

    I am disgusted by ALL politicians, not ONE is fit to take our hard earned money!

    February 25, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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