March 6th, 2009
04:18 PM ET
12 years ago

House Democrats not happy with their Senate colleagues

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Democrats expressed frustration Friday with their Senate colleagues after being forced to stay in town to approve a spending bill to keep the federal government from shutting down.

An exasperated Rep. David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee - which writes the spending bills - exited the House floor and curtly said, "There's no point in whining. I just want to get things done."

The Senate's inability to pass a $410 billion government spending bill for the remainder of 2009 on Thursday night meant the House had to pass a temporary spending measure to keep the government operating. After voting Friday 328-50 to pass the stopgap remedy, some House Democrats accused senators of neglecting their duties.

"We'll stay all night if we can't approve something. They just go home for the weekend," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York.

"I suppose there is a sense of frustration that we couldn't move forward," said Rep Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut.

Some of the House's most liberal members have complained about the Senate Democratic leadership's inability to pass legislation already approved by the House, such as the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus bill. That legislation was held up by a bipartisan group of Senate moderates, and the resulting bill was less appealing to many House Democrats.

But DeLauro acknowledged the political landscape of the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to approve all controversial legislation, and insisted that future policy initiatives will not be derailed.

"They have a certain set of circumstances that exist there. We are two separate, individual bodies," she said.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Rick

    I;m not happy with any of you and when elections come I will help to have you voted out.

    March 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. texas teacher

    "forced to stay in town"?
    Just saying that NOW I'll REALLY spit up in my mouth!

    March 6, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. dumbocrat alert

    the nobama circus goes on with these dumbocrat liberals.

    March 6, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Jon in CA

    Spend ONLY what is minimally required!!

    This pork crap stops NOW!! Let Nancy have her freakin' hissyfit... NO MORE EARMARKS!

    March 6, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Meka


    March 6, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    So the house Dems are not happy with their senate colleagues...One question for y'all. that is, who are your employers?? In case this was forgotten, the answer is the American people.

    We voted for you to do our work, not complain about doing it!! If this is too much of a burden to have to work late, you don't have to be there. There are plenty of others only too willing to replace you.

    March 6, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. chubby

    Better to go home and do nothing rather than screw it up somemore. Send obamby and the democrat party to Europe and they can stay awhile and by the time they come back, maybe the country will have fixed itself. We would be alot better off that way.

    March 6, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Mary from Kentucky

    Its always something. They need to get their act together.

    March 6, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Mr. B in California

    Dear Rep. McCarthy,

    There are millions of Americans right now sitting at home searching job sites looking for jobs, your complaining about "working over the weekend" really sounds rather selfish. Remember your are working now and we can vote you into unemployment in less than two years.

    Kind Regards,
    Steve B

    March 6, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. HonestMistake

    Seriously? They are complaining that they have to work on a Friday. Maybe they should be grateful they have a job.

    March 6, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. focused

    Don't fight too long. The Republicans have the spotlight. Let it stay on them.

    March 6, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Les

    And the American people are NOT happy with Democrats in both houses!

    March 6, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Obama 2.0

    They should have thought about it before they loaded the hog. another fine Pelosi deal, she has got to go.

    March 6, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. shannon

    they have to stay in town to work, oh my god, the poor things. What do they put in now, a 20 hour work week. These people all need to be gone out of town for good.

    March 6, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Matthew, Detroit

    I thank the Senate Democrats for standing up against the Dems

    in the House as well as Barack to stop the waste in spending.

    The Economic Crisis was caused by Credit, Banks, Mortgages,

    NOT Healtcare, Energy Credits, University Spending, and all the additional CRAP that DEMS can squeeze into a bill.

    Thank you Dem Senators for standing up to that wimp Barack.

    March 6, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    I love it. You democrats are staring to eat your own. 2010 welcome back the republicans!

    March 6, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Al

    We need a definition of what this money is being spent for, exactly what is needed and what isn't needed, and eliminate what really can be put on hold. They need to focus on the priority of getting money to the private sector as quickly as possible rather than continuing to give repeat bailout packages to these automakers and AIG, who have previously shown no accountability, and we have only seen negative results. While I am not a fan of conservatism or the way the Republicans ran the economy into the ground, but at the same time, we can't watch the money being dispursed to the wrong places and those who really deserve and need it aren't getting anything. We need to start returning to a healthy economy. It is like they have to meet in the middle somewhere.

    March 6, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. joe

    Should we spend just for the sake of spending? If you want a "shovel ready" project, then spend some of that pork on the biggest wall one can build on the Southern border (of course, built by US citizens)!
    If you want to get people buying houses, give a 10% tax credit to ANYONE who purchases a house (any house any income) starting now.
    If you want people buying cars, do the same regardless of income.
    If you want to give tax cuts, give them to the people who pay the taxes, not the deadbeats.

    March 6, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. ib

    Well well poor little children they have to work a few hours for a living. Finally welcome to the real world. This is a stupid bill that should have never seen the light of day. Tell president Puke woman to shut up and kill this thing.

    March 6, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. A tired American

    At least Rep. David Obey has the right attitude. If the other 534 members of Congress had the same gung-ho mentality Congress would be whipping out so much legislation we would get dizzy.

    March 6, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. albo58

    David Obey most certainly has an earmark or 2 for a relative so he wants "to get things done"! What pork-munching party hack!

    March 6, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    These old democrats who also voted in lockstep with Bush don't want anything to change... they are amongst that 5% of the wealthiest Americans! Lobbiest have them all in their pockets! 🙁

    March 6, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. ken

    Millions are out of work and these people who get paid way too much, free healthcare and expenses are complaining that they have to work? Welcome to the real world. Start doing your job and stop whining. These should've been the first people to be laid off.

    March 6, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Wally

    Where's the joy...where's the love...After all, those pesky Republicans have lost their power...

    March 6, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Seen it all before

    Oh, the poor babies. Do we have to start paying these terrible important people overtime? 2010 throw these porkers out – we can't afford them

    March 6, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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