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Ear to the Ground

House Passes Mega-Budget ’09

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Posted on Apr 2, 2009
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Not a single House Republican voted for Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget, but that didn’t stop the Democrats from passing it 233-196. The Senate is on its way to passing its own version, but the real clamor is over whether the final product will end up with reconciliation provisions that would filibuster-proof the president’s health care and energy proposals.

New York Times:

WASHINGTON – The House approved a $3.6 trillion federal budget on Thursday with no Republican support, a sign of deep partisan tensions likely to color Congressional efforts to enact the major policy initiatives sought by President Obama.

The Senate was moving toward passing a similar $3.5 trillion budget solely on the strength of Democratic votes after a day spent laboring over dozens of amendments that did little to change a fiscal blueprint that was generally in sync with Mr. Obama’s ambitious agenda.

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By dihey, April 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

I notice that Dennis Kucinich has voted against this budget. His explanation for his no-vote is crystal-clear. Dennis does not want to associate himself with a Congressional declaration of war on the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan/Pakistan.

He knows what a “yes” vote implies because he was a co-signer of a “watershed” case against President Clinton in the US Supreme Court. The Court ruled in essence: “when you as a member of the US Congress vote for the funding of a specific war you have implicitly voted for a Congressional declaration of war”.

Thanks Dennis!

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