House passes government spending bill
February 19th, 2011
05:57 AM ET
12 years ago

House passes government spending bill

Washington (CNN) –(CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a government spending bill
after a marathon session Saturday morning that slashes more than $60 billion in federal funding for the seven months remaining in the 2011 fiscal year.

The vote on the GOP measure won by a 235-189 margin, at a vote that occurred right before 5 a.m.. The fight over spending now moves to the Senate.

The fight over spending now moves to the Senate, but with President Obama already issuing a veto threat of the House bill and Senate Democratic leaders calling the cuts "extreme," the specter of a government shutdown looms. Only two weeks remain before the current resolution funding federal agencies

The vote followed a rare open debate on the House floor over four days, and included literally hundreds of amendments, from defunding the new health care law, to eliminating money for a controversial backup engine for the F-35 fighter jet, and zeroing out federal funds for Planned Parenthood.

While Speaker John Boehner touted what he called a unprecedented debate on the House floor, the long and often testy exchanges exposed divisions within the House GOP on several occasions. Scores of House Republicans joined Democrats to stave off proposed cuts to police and fire fighters. On another amendment, pushed by a group of House conservatives to cut $22 billion more in federal spending, 92 Republicans joined all House Democrats to oppose deeper cuts.

House GOP leaders argued their bill cuts $100 billion in federal spending when compared to the budget proposed by President Obama for 2011, but that budget was never enacted. The $60 billion figure is the amount the bill would cut from current spending by government agencies.

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  1. Right Leaning Independent

    I am loving these newly elected Repubs more and more!!! They side with the Dems to cut the fighter jet engine and push for further cuts than what career Repubs wanted.. These folks get it!!! Cuts have to hurt everywhere! I hope they do not succumb to Washington politics and turn into your normal everyday Repub or Dem....

    February 19, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  2. REH

    I have a problem with the Republican mandate. They fought to give rich people who haven't created jobs for the past ten years tax cuts, then they want to cut programs that will help those who don't have money.... Can't we come closer to balancing the budget if we bring in more tax money along with cutting budget items... We are in a recession giving rich people money does nothing... A person with a million dollars isn't going to purchase a Cadillac because of a tax cut. That happens from bottom feeders, the poor and middle class. The tax cuts should come there so we spend money that will stimulate the economy. Businesses will not do any hiring until people start buying. If they lose some of their help from the geovernment they will stop spending, thus causing more layoffs and a deeper recession. One suggestion – cut the tax backed perks given to Congress and see how much money we save and how their decisions change.

    February 19, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    Nancy Pelosi is worried that 800,000 jobs will be lost with these cuts.. Well Nancy, how many more cuts will that be than with Obama's cuts??? Even if it is 800k, I am sure the money saved will more than pay for the 2 years of unemployment benefits that you folks will provide to them.... So Be It....

    February 19, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  4. ed

    The republicans want to further crush the middle class and poor,child education,college,elderly care,ect. They did the damage,and want the poor to pay for it! Legalize pot you idiots,get us out of debt! Stop the cartel violence,stop spending tax money on prosecuting a simple pot smoker!!!! DAH!!!!!! Our government does,t make any sense to us anymore? You want to cut teachers,WOW!!!! What a concept!!!!!

    February 19, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |