March 2nd, 2009
01:33 PM ET
14 years ago

Senate debates $410 billion '09 spending bill

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate tackles a $410 billion emergency spending bill Monday aimed at keeping the federal government operating for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, which ends September 30.

President Obama is expected to sign it by Friday or the government runs out of money.

But critics say there's excessive spending in the bill, which would be contrary to the president's recent pledge to cut unnecessary government spending and pork-laden earmarks.

Banning earmarks - usually pet projects of congressional members inserted in spending bills unrelated to the projects - is one of several pledges Obama made on the campaign trail and has made as president.

Obama said in his weekly address Sunday that politicians will "have to be more vigilant than ever in eliminating the programs we don't need in order to make room for the investments we do need. I promised to do this."

But several of Obama's Cabinet members, who served in Congress before joining the new administration, have earmarks listed on the bill

Vice President Joe Biden requested $750,000 for a University of Delaware program during his time as the senator from that state. Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who was a Democratic congressman from Illinois, requested $900,000 for a planetarium in Chicago.

An Emanuel aide told CNN Monday that the request was submitted more than a year ago and is leftover business.

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  1. dumbocrat alert

    What's the debate for? It's only $410 billion, I feel socialism is worth the price.

    March 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Spending, spending and more spending............Yay!

    March 2, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Spending, spending and more spending............Yay!

    March 2, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Jon

    Same old, same old. Where's the "change?"

    March 2, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Mary

    So much for promises Obama made!!

    We are doomed!!!

    March 2, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. steve

    Mr. Obama is a genious!!! I would have never thought the best way to get out of debt was to spend money I didn't have.

    March 2, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. NICK

    I bet that any and all budget items not considered necessary by the Pres. will be withdrawn or stricken from the spending bill.

    March 2, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. matt

    You gotta love these guys. Obama flat out LIED to the American people and the BEST part about it...a Liberal will read this article and somehow blame Bush (because that has something to do with Rahm "the Crook" Emmanuel asking for $900K). Liberals are in a state of denial. Obama could walk up to them and say "I am a liar" and they would say, "well, but Bush said...". They're pathetic.

    March 2, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Rick CT

    Problem is we've seen all too many times so far in the 1st month and a half that Obama has plenty of exceptions to what he says – or just plain doesn't mean all his rhetoric. The market seems to think the latter. It has tanked almost as much in his 1st 41 days as it did in 8 years of Bush. And there's no end in sight – especially if he's going to raise taxes in a recession and spend $2 for every $1 he earns and double the national debt in 8 years. He's going to have to create lots of jobs because many of us older worker won't be able to retire to make way for the next generation.

    March 2, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Gary

    PORK, PORK, PORK, Oink!

    How about if the get rid of the pork 100% and cut all the other programs by 5%.

    Who is going to balance the budget? We are going down a path with a plan that will increase our National Debt by more than $4 Trillion over the next four years. This is more than Bush did over all 8 years, including his spending for the wars.

    March 2, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Will-South Dakota

    They should have scrubbed a lot more then accept that kind or pork spending. $750,000 and $900,000 sure could help out alot of food programs in this country.

    March 2, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. HelloooOOOOO

    hmmm, if after friday, the govt will run out of money, where were they planning to get the 410 billion from anyways that fast ? print new money ??? that just devalues money even faster...
    its all going to be over in 2012 anyways, so says the scientists and bibical, guess I am not going to worry too will either get straightned out or we wont have much of a world, which ever comes 1st..time to pray !

    March 2, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Independent Paul

    How many campaign promises can he break in his first 100 days? Geez, starting to seriously regret that vote.

    These are unprecedented times, and the President and Congress need to be extra prudent with where the money goes. $900k for a planetarium? So much for responsibility.

    March 2, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Dave in Illinois

    It's another case of promise the voters what they want to hear and then explain why you have to break those promises when the issue actually arises.

    We heard it when President Obama "waived" his "no lobbyists in my administration" pledge. We heard it when he decided to bring only some of the troops home from Iraq. Now we hear it as he waives his "no earmarks in the bills I sign" promise.

    Just another Chicago politician.

    March 2, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Purnell Kankakee IL.

    Earmarks are apart of what the congress does, so the republicans need to get over it, since they have 50% of the earmarks! But they do not complain about those eramarks!

    March 2, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Silly educated redneck

    Okay Obama/ the Congress chastize the auto CEO's but as soon as they come into power they authorize themselves a 4% pay increase? Obama wants what is it 12 new 16 million dollar copters to fly him to and from the white house? I am so sick of every single one of these POS in washington.
    When did you, Average Joe, get to ask EVERY year for a raise without showing ANY competance, any innitiative, any willingness to do what is best for the companies interest? These government employees, not to mention their croneys. wives, frat friends, et al. get a bite when one jackleg wannabe with a nice smile comes along

    March 2, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. John Wilson

    LEFTOVER business is fine, However, President Obama is signing the bill NOW!

    Either the NEW CHANGE starts NOW or it starts NEVER!

    March 2, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. chubby

    I see obamby's numbers are down on Wall Street again, I am sure obamby can find some way to blame President Bush for his pork barrell/ear marks. Oh wait, he already has saying he will sign this old budget from last year President Bush did not sign and says it belongs to President Bush even though he did not sign it. I guess this goes along with a few hundred steaks for obamby's closest friends at 100.00 a pound. Nero fiddles while Rome burns. At least they eat overly well at the White House while his supporters are waiting for entitlement checks.

    March 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Perusing-Through


    . . . these projects were accumulated before President Obama was inaugurated. President Obama is doing the correct thing by blocking future earmarks, not fixing past earmarks.

    March 2, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. floridakaye

    And the Repukes are blasting the earmarks in this bill? Check out the facts, proving once again that HYPOCRISY is the foundation of the GOP:

    For solo earmarks, nobody beat out Sen. Bob Byrd (D-W.Va.), last year's appropriations committee chairman. The defender of earmarks took home $123 million. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) came in second, with $114 million. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) rounded out the top three, bringing home $86 million by himself.

    Republican leader Mitch McConnell is bringing $51 million back to Kentucky

    March 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Another bill that has more pork than a rack of pork barbeque ribs wrapped in bacon, pork sausage, and sititng on a plate full of pork chops and ham!

    March 2, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. albo58

    More pork and empty promises from the new president...change (for the worse) you can believe in!

    March 2, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |