House Passes Mega-Budget ’09
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.