December 14th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Bayh urges Obama to veto spending bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Evan Bayh is urging President Barack Obama to veto an end of the year government funding bill that fellow Democrats pushed through the Senate this past weekend."]

Washington (CNN) -  Sen. Evan Bayh is urging President Barack Obama to veto a huge end of the year government funding bill that fellow Democrats pushed through the Senate this past weekend.

On a mostly partisan vote of 57-35, the Senate approved the compromise omnibus spending plan worked out with the House, which passed it last week. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The senator from Indiana was one of three Democrats, joining Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, to vote against the spending bill, which is needed to keep the federal government running as of next week.

"The president didn't create this mess, but Congress must be restrained," Bayh said in a statement released Monday. "We have to take the credit card away from the politicians who just want to spend, spend, spend. More than one trillion dollars of spending was just way too much. This may not win me a popularity contest in the halls of Congress, but it's the right thing to do."

In March, Bayh was one of only two Democratic senators to vote against a similar omnibus spending bill that passed Congress. Bayh also urged the president to veto that spending bill, which funded the government for the remaining months of the current fiscal year.

Bayh, who's up for re-election next year, has increasingly parted ways with his caucus on Senate votes. Last week he was among a handful of Democrats to vote in favor of a health care reform amendment that would have strengthened restrictions on the use of federal taxpayer funds for abortions - an amendment that was vehemently opposed by liberals. Bayh's also opposed to a clean energy bill being pushed by Democrats.

Last year, Bayh was a major supporter of Barack Obama's presidential campaign and was considered a contender for the vice presidential nomination that eventually went to fellow senator Joe Biden.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Let's just shut the whole government down and save all that money and any taxes we take in can go to the deficit. Hell, let's just give everyone a gun and say your on your own. We are obviously not willing to support "civilization".

    That is what it seems the majority of Americans want, since that last poll said they would rather let the unemployed starve than run up the deficit.

    This country is becoming such a sad place with so many "I got mine, screw you" citizens espousing that attitude.

    December 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. MatthewDetroit


    The surplus was a 1 year surplus and it was estimated at less then 50 billion dollars. Great but get your information correct.

    2nd Clinton added a total of 1.7 Trillion to the national debt in 8 years.
    President Bush added 5 trillion to the national debt in 8 years.
    Bush was TERRIBLE. It was truly a shame.

    BARACK has added 1.4 Trillion to the national debt in 1 year.
    Barack Presidency by the CBO has estimated will add 10 Trillion to the national debt during his 8 years. WAKE UP....
    Look the numbers up yourself. Do a google search. The facts are there.

    December 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Chris D.

    First things first......this bill is to fund government programs, i.e medicare, the VA, as well as departments in government.....Which actually totals 650 billion dollars. Yes it takes alot to run the country.....The rest of the spending on the bill is all pork for DEMS and the GOP to bring home to their constituencies........
    I will admit 350 billion in pork is alot of cash...... we'll have to see if these "pet projects", create more stability and jobs in various districts and states.
    The President could veto it and just ask for a bill to keep the government open, and scrap congress bringing home the bacon to their states, and districts.....these are rules established by our founding fathers..........tradition as old as our flag.
    Hey I'm still giving the Pres. more year he won't be able to sign this sort of bill w/o trimming it down.

    December 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    The Bill hasn't made it to the President's desk you self-loathing ignorant Conservative sub-humans. Go educate yourselves before you come on here to proudly display your stupidity.

    December 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Obama has already said he is going to sign it. More lies from the current administration. What happened to line item vetos? No pork? He has gone on record as being the biggest spending president IN HIS FIRST YEAR than any other. Now, that's some record. Typical, never seen one that didn't spend, spend, spend once given the chance. Showy!

    December 14, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Steve, New York City

    Senator Bayh is correct!!!
    Let's work our way out of the recession without spending our way to oblivion. The government has to learn to stop spending on nonsense.

    December 14, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. That's all folks

    I can smell pork.

    December 14, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Mark

    That is funny! Obama vetoing anything that has to do with spending!

    December 14, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Tom L

    There is no way he will veto the bill. It goes against the Obama Doctrine...

    December 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    While I applaud Bayh's efforts, we all know how much Obama loves wasting other peoples' money. It's just something Democrats do...

    December 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Right wingnuts are as dumb as a woonsocket

    If Obama vetoes the bill, that should shut down the government.

    Sign the bill, let the republican senators from Mississippi get their $13 in pork.

    December 14, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Rose

    It is good to see some Dems are finally starting to realize that we can not continue this spending, this bill is full of pork and we can only hope that Obama will keep his promise but I am not taking any bets.
    Bye Bye Dems in 2010/

    December 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. terminator II

    "the spending bill, which is needed to keep the federal government running as of next week"

    I like the conservative attitude but the end results are just not well thought out. It would be very interesting to shut down the Federal Government for a while. I wonder how many conservatives will be standing up to cheer when the paychecks don't go out. Maybe we should just default on those bonds. Perhaps we can just send the FBI or air traffic controllers home for a three months. How about we just turn off the utilities at the Pentagon. etc.

    December 14, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Will 18E

    I don't get most of the comments. Reagan Bush handed Clinton $7.4 Trillion dollar debt, Up from $998 Billion Carter handed them. Clinton hand W a 5.7 Trillion dollar debt. The only U.S. president to lower the debt. W hands Obama 10.3 Trillion dollar debt and a federal government that is 44% bigger than it was when Bush started. The debt ceiling had to be pushed up for all those guvment job the GOP and Bush created from 2001 through 2008. So now it's Obama fault? And now that we are in the worst economic shape since the great depression, and the GOP has created 90% of the national debt, in times of plenty, folks want to rag on the DEMS. Just like the illegal alien issues with the GOP. All of the top three offending states have GOP governors. Just like spending, the GOP are tax and borrow big govment party.

    December 14, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Chris

    I'd be willing to bet what's left of my paycheck after all the many taxes, that Obama will NOT stop this spending bill unless ...... something is left out for that very large and very abnormal voting percentage from all the black Americans that want more of the free ride in the name of slavery repatriations.

    December 14, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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