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Elmore Furth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-12-09 11:08 AM
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Senate GOP Denied on Spending Filibuster Attempt
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Source: Associated Press

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: December 12, 2009
Filed at 11:40 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic-controlled Senate on Saturday cleared away a Republican filibuster of a huge end-of-year spending bill that rewards most federal agencies with generous budget boosts.

The $1.1 trillion measure combines much of the year's unfinished budget work -- only a $626 billion Pentagon spending measure would remain -- into a 1,000-plus-page spending bill that would give the Education Department, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and others increases far exceeding inflation.

The 60-34 vote met the minimum threshold to end the GOP filibuster. A final vote was set for Sunday afternoon to send the measure to President Barack Obama.

The measure combines $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in mandatory payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. It wraps together six individual spending bills and also contains more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers in both parties.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/12/us/politics/...



The GOP is big on welfare for the rich but not for anyone else.
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