Obama’s Budget Passes Both House and Senate Without a Republican Vote

April 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Late into the night on Thursday, the Senate voted its approval of President Obama’s ambitious budget package, which will take affect on October 1 of this year. The House approved the budget earlier in the day. The votes went along expected party lines, with all House Republicans voting against the budget, as well as 20 “blue dog” Democrats, opposed to the massive deficit amounts from the budget spending. True to form, all 41 Republicans voted against the budget in the Senate, including two Democrats.

The Senate version was slightly different, as it was slightly pared down by Democrats to $3.5 trillion from $3.6 trillion, removing an additional $250 billion in bailout money for the financial industry.

The Republican’s own version of a budget, went down with a giant thud, when even 38 Republican house members voted against it. The Republican alternative budget was widely criticized and ridiculed this week, as offering more tax cuts, low on facts and numbers, and big on meaningless colorful pie charts and graphs. The alternative Republican budget, according to the Congressional Budget Office, (CBO) would actually produce a greater deficit than Obama’s, and it also called for an elimination of the Medicare system.

With his budget passed, Obama faces a big job ahead, to implement his ambitious plans to revitalize the health industry, adopt clean sources of energy and improve education.



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