The budget passed already, apparently:
Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama’s ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation yesterday, endorsing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to pursue his most far-reaching priorities.
Voting along party lines, the House and Senate approved budget blueprints that would trim Obama’s spending proposals for the fiscal year that begins in October and curtail his plans to cut taxes. The blueprints, however, would permit work to begin on the central goals of Obama’s presidency: an expansion of health-care coverage for the uninsured, more money for college loans and a cap-and-trade system to reduce gases that contribute to global warming.
And the Senate:
The Senate easily passed a $3.55 trillion federal budget late Thursday night to kick off a two-week recess, giving President Obama most of what he wanted in his first spending plan in office.
Senators voted 55-43 for a plan that was championed by the White House and congressional Democrats as key to reviving the nation’s economy and panned by Republicans as too expensive to adopt.
Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said he was “delighted” with the budget. “We’ve done a good job of preserving the president’s key priorities, reducing our dependence on foreign energy, focusing on excellence in education carrying out healthcare reform and all while reducing the deficit by two-thirds,” he said.
Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Evan Bayh of Indiana crossed the aisle to oppose the budget.
Is it just me, or was this faster than usual? Shouldn’t spending this much money be harder? And to turn the favorite idiotic talking point of late on its head, how many Republicans actually read the budget before voting against it?