March 27th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Budget moves through Senate committee

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Sen. Harry Reid, right, says he expects Sen. Kent Conrad's version of the budget to pass.."](CNN) - A tightened version of President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget moved through a key Senate committee Thursday night.

The Senate and the House are expected to vote on different versions of the budget next week.

"The budget we have now passed out of the Budget Committee preserves the core priorities in President Obama's budget plan," Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the committee, said in a statement.

Conrad, D-North Dakota, trimmed the president's original proposal in response to congressional projections showing larger-than-expected budget deficits over the next several years.

Conrad said he had preserved the president's major initiatives in education, energy and health-care reform in the wake of "new realities" on finances without sacrificing the administration's deficit reduction goals.

Obama has pledged to halve the deficit by 2013, a goal Conrad says his budget maintains.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. American

    wohooooo, let's go!

    March 27, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Alfred E. Neumann

    Let the pork barrel festival begin!

    March 27, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Steve, Columbia, SC

    Our federal government has always exceeded it budget. And now our Congress is prepared to vote on a budget that makes President Bush's spending look like tossing coins into a fountain. This budget was prepared overnight.

    Please stop and prepare a realistic budget. It is something every household in American either has done our should do.

    This is not the change I was hoping for.

    March 27, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. kayla

    billions still going to iraq every month

    March 27, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. MaryanneAZ

    As long as reasonable minds prevail and we wind up with progress on all of the important and long-delayed initiatives, I'm a happy camper. No one expected the original budget to fly as offered. Just like an offer on a home for sale, there's negotiation to be had and that is factored in. I am so pleased that we chose President Obama to take us in this vital direction and improve both our peace and prosperity. We've got a winner in President Obama, America!!!

    March 27, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    "Obama has pledged to halve the deficit by 2013, a goal Conrad says his budget maintains. "

    The deficit as it is now, or as it will be when all his spending bills take effect?

    March 27, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Now! the president can move his budget along.

    March 27, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    And you know what? IT ACTUALLY HAS NUMBERS IN IT!!!

    March 27, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Chuck, Tennessee

    I simply don't understand why none of these politicians are willing to really tackle the budget and get it much closer to balanced. That is what our country needs – deficit spending to spur the economy but then responsible spending when times are good. Unfortunately, nonte of them seem willing to really make the tough choices to balance the budget and keep it balanced.

    March 27, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Lynn

    This is how democracy works instead of the Republican rubber stamping everything Bush/Cheney wanted. I am proud that the Democrats can negotiate and compromise.

    March 27, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. To RUSH and JINDAL: I do not want the levees in Louisiana or Florida to fail, just the policies of the Corp. of Engineers building them!!!


    And Democrats, take Steele's advice when he stated "bi-partisanship is overrated".

    Budget reconciliation which is only need 51 votes is the way to go in the Senate and we are safe in the House.

    Show them if repubs want to be obstructionist, we will give them a new definition for partisanship!

    Shut 'em up! Shut 'em down!

    March 27, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. John

    It seems that no matter what the ultra right hate mongers would have us believe, America really IS ready for this change. This is who we voted for, this is the change we wanted. It's about time congress gets on board with it.

    March 27, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Erika, KS

    You thought George W Bush was bankrupting us? That was nothing compared to what Obama is doing. Any idiot who votes for this "rescue" should be quickly voted out of office! Why do the American pubic keep voting in the same, crooked politicians? I will never understand this.

    March 27, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. pat

    this recession is showing signs of bottoming out. Obamas hard work and diligence to do the right thing is starting to show. the rush limbaugh party knows this and hopes for some catastrophic terrorist attack because they know their hope of this countries failure can not happen when we have a smart man in the white house.

    March 27, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Larry

    Me and the rest of the world (China and Europe)think this budget is a bad mistake,and our great grandchildren will be paying for this budget all their lives-that ain't right to do this to them !! What a legacy to leave our children and their children,this is totally selfish of the Democrats.

    March 27, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |

    I believe they should forgive all debts,and let eyeryone keep their homes,allow them to pay the taxes,and end homelessnes to recover out economy in one shot.enstead of giving all that money away to thieves.

    March 27, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Rick CT

    Halving the deficit will still leave it higher than in any of the years Bush was in office – remember the 2009 deficit is 75% Obama's

    March 27, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Rick CT

    Wonder how many more bonuses will be approved by Congress and signed by Obama in this rush job.

    March 27, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. get it done, you will get a 'no' from the GOP

    predictable GOP will give a 'no' and who cares

    move on with out them, they have nothing to do, not a worry about helping the country, vote them out next time and do the country a favor

    March 27, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. ib

    This is a budget for disaster plain and simple. It is a budget that will allow more goverment controll over people. Exactly what Obama wants.

    March 27, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Rob from Pa

    If any of these Senators was truely a representatve of the people, they would refuse to look at it and throw it back at Obama and say lets be more sensible.

    March 27, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Happy with new President

    Take out money that will go for "unnecessary" wars (like Bush did), and this budget will be a lot less then Bushes! This President is showing us really where this money goes, no hidden costs, etc. And, we are investing here, not across the globe, borrowing money that will be spend in America (roads, schools, bridges, new constructions, etc.) Just imagine, if we were spending 10 bilions every month here in America for last 6 years (instead of in Iraq), what would our country look like! Not counting over 4000 dead soldiers, thousands wounded, disabled, without work, etc. To me, Bush and Cheney did far worse to our country then Hitler did to Germany! We pulled out Germany out from this, there is no other country that can help us! Only we, helping ourselves!

    March 27, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. gold

    all I see is Republicans and Democrats supporters bickering about each others party but both parties are corrupt and running this country.What I don't see is more citizens trying to support other parties to keep RNC & DNC more honest but instead we laugh at people like Nader or Perot who at least tried to make a diffrence... Viva La Independence...Open your eyes people we are being hoodwinked by both parties we are slaves...

    March 28, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |