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