Saturday, March 7, 2009

Congress Approves Bill to Prevent Government


If it weren't so serious, watching these clowns (left and right) would be hilarious.
From Bloomberg:
The U.S. Congress approved a stopgap funding measure to keep the government from shutting down as lawmakers work to resolve last-minute disputes over a $410 billion “omnibus” spending package.

President Barack Obama signed into law tonight the legislation extending through March 11 a resolution that funds most federal agencies. It was scheduled to expire tonight....

...If any changes are made to the omnibus bill, the House would have to approve it again. Reid said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, warned him she won’t do that. Pelosi said if the Senate makes any changes to the bill, she will drop the legislation in favor of a measure extending the current stopgap funding legislation for the rest of the year, Reid said.

“She said, ‘We have put our members through a lot over here on this appropriations bill -- I am not going to put them through any more,’” he said.

The Democrats who control the House barred lawmakers from offering floor amendments to the spending plan as it proceeded through their chamber, a rule a Republican noted during today’s debate on the stopgap measure.

“The Senate is doing what the House could only dream of doing -- offering and debating amendments to the omnibus bill,” said Representative Jerry Lewis, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee. “It’s no wonder so many members of the House aspire to serve in the Senate.”>>>SOURCE

From Politico:
Reid to Obama: Let us keep earmarks

There are 8000 of the suckers in the spending bill.