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Senate Gives Budget Plan the Go-Ahead

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Posted on Apr 2, 2009
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The Capitol, by night: The latest version of Obama’s budget plan made it through both the House and the Senate on Thursday.

Although the congressional GOP contingent wanted nothing to do with it, President Barack Obama’s $3.53 trillion budget package made the Senate cut on Thursday evening, passing with a 55-43 vote. 

CNN:

Earlier in the evening, the House of Representatives passed its own version of the spending plan—$3.55 trillion budget, capping off a long day of debate and voting marked by the defeat of several alternative spending plans.

The House version of the budget, which passed by a margin of 233-196, also passed in a virtual party-line vote. All but 20 House Democrats supported it; no House Republican voted in favor.

Neither budget package garnered a single GOP vote.

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By AFriend, April 3, 2009 at 7:50 am Link to this comment

$3.53 trillion is atrocious.

The $500 billion deficit was wrong when republicans were in the majority. $3.5 trillion is an example of a congress out of control.

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By Terra, April 3, 2009 at 4:20 am Link to this comment
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This budget is blatant abuse of taxpayers money. The programs will raise everyones cost of living. The spending creates no real jobs and expands programs found to be inefficient and wasteful. It is a $1 trillion dollar tax hike on all Americans. You cannot spend your way out of an over spending problem.
They have rushed everything through before the people have a chance to even understand what they are doing. The main stream media use to be our protector. It use to report on the abuse of government to the people. Now they no longer report the facts or truth to the people. How anyone in their right mind can support these massive spending bills that will hurt our economy and cost every citizen for years, is beyond my understanding. Where are these politicians and the medias common sense and dignity. I just hope that we the People will be able to survive this mess.

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