Congress Approves Massive Spending Bill

Congress is sending President Barack Obama a massive bill funding domestic programs and awarding lawmakers their cherished pet projects after more than a week of partisan debate.

Senators passed the measure by voice vote after voting 62-35 to shut down debate. The White House says Obama will sign the bill.

It finishes up last year's budget business, which stalled as Democrats
feuded with former President George W. Bush.

The huge bill encountered unexpected difficulty in the wake of Obama's economic stimulus bill and a budget plan forecasting a $1.8 trillion deficit for the current budget year.


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  • by Gator Location: NC on Mar 17, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    To all the dem's, where did all the WMD's go, all Former President Clinton did was blow up: radar stations, Chinese consulate, and milk factories.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    Thanks Mary for informing the uninformed. They forget also, the democrats are very wealthy too. Just check the facts folks. They are not one of you or me. "informed", you are uninformed about Iraq. You should learn to use the internet to find the truth not the media hype. Don't tell us how the republicans were like a bunch of tantrum throwing 3 year olds either, when Bush got his second term, who was it having the tantrum? Remember, Bush cheated....If you do spend some time on the internet, getting away from moveon.org and other "liberal" web sites, you will find Bill Clinton urged W to go into Iraq and Bill Clintons admin told him to do the same. If you are going to post as informed, get informed or you are missinformed instead.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Mar 12, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    The Democrats in congress expanded SCHIP and removed the provision from the original bill that required proof of citizenship to qualify. They added a provision to the bill to cover "pregnant women." Could that be because just about every illegal female here, age 15 is pregnant? The Democrats refused to mandate E-Verify be implemented for any jobs created as a result of the stimulus package. In other words; they're not interested in protecting American workers. They want to make it easier for illegals to work here in violation of our laws. They've given food stamp receipients a raise. They've increased pell grants for some to get a free college education. Guess who'll get those grants? The Democrats want to give everyone free health care too. Why not? Illegals and prisoners already get if free! If you work, pay taxes, play be the rules and take care of your own...you're punished. If you're here illegally, breaking laws and having babies you can't feed...you're rewarded. God help us!
  • by Mary Location: Chocowinity on Mar 12, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    To the post of Jack at 3:45pm and Informed at 3:14pm. Madoff was a Democrat. Get your facts straight. He gave more than $260,000 to the Democrat campaign. I bet the Democrats haven't offered any of this tainted stolen money back to the victims he ripped off. Madoff is Jewish, research your numbers and get your facts straight!!!!
  • by Informed Location: G'Ville, NC on Mar 12, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    Its gotten so much press because just like from 1992 until 2000, the only thing the Republican Party could do was stomp around like a bunch of 3 year olds throwing tantrums that their party wasnt in the White House. I guess we'll have a repeat of those days when no one could get over Bush 1 and Dole not winning. When the opposition complained during the Bush Jr years, they were called "unpatriotic" and unsupportive of our country. Its like "Pre" Pre-K kids not getting their way. It's so funny though that none of these complaining now had anything to say at all for the last 5, 6 years or so. Funny, they are now all Financial Analysts with Harvard Degrees or Professors of Political Idealogy.... or so they think. Just read posts on other news stories remotely related to anything Gov't and you'll see similarity with the same folks posting. The great Medicine Doctors company is apparently THE most informed of all... LOLOL, what a joke. Go back to school and get informed.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    To those whining about all the earmarks in the bill they make up only TWO PERCENT of the total capital. I can't believe how much press this subject has gotten.
  • by Jack on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    Informed, LMAO How can you talk about GOM Party other wise known as the Republican/Madoff Party
  • by Informed Location: G'Ville, NC on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    LOL, and to think, Bernie Madoff is a Republican.... Now after all this ridiculous garbage I've read, it all makes sense now. Keep on worshipping the wealthy party like you do and see just how far you get. That party is no more for the common man and common worker and the less fortunate than he was. Talk about the herd of sheep....
  • by Clarifier Location: KDH, NC on Mar 12, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Our freedom was not in jeapordy b/c of Iraq. The freedom of our country did not depend on war in Iraq. How come the person who attacked us, or supposedly directed the attacks on our country was put on the back burner for a vendetta left over from Bush Sr. All we heard in this country since 9/11 was God Bless America, yet instead of putting our energies towards the real threat, we went into a country to take down a leader a previous prez couldnt. So in essence, lives I feel were lost for a cause that has nothing to do really with 9/11. We should have gone straight to Afghanistan and taken care of all the business there first instead of blowing money in Iraq. Yea, Saddam was bad, yet he was not a threat to us. Intelligence on Iraq was warped, it was not well studied, it was nothing they portrayed it to be and we all know it. A bunch of good ole boy deer hunters from Eastern NC I know could have gone in, taken Saddam out, and left for much cheaper and many less lives lost.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    Thanks Proud Vet for you service in the Marines. Those of us who are educated about Iraq know the sacrifices you made to go there. Barlow is just a left lib, against the military and anything even moderate. His blogs here reflect a lack of knowledge about the worlds real events. He is still crying WMD, Bush lied, you know the type. That is OK, he is not aware that Sadam was murdering his own people along with his sons, he doesn't care if people are starving and dying, this stuff just isn't on moveon.org, the majority of us thank you and appreciate you for helping fight for our freedom and the freedom of other nations from tyrany. We pray for you often when in harms way.
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