$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill: Have the Tables Turned?
The Senate passed an immense $1.1 trillion spending bill Sunday. The House has already passed its identical version of the bill, and Obama indicates he will sign it.
The 1,000-plus-page bill covers spending for the Departments of Education, State, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, among others. In all, six of the 12 spending bills Congress is required to pass each year is folded into one measure that raises spending for its designated programs by an average of about 10 percent, or well above the inflation rate.
The bill puts the government on track to create a $1.5 trillion deficit in annual spending projected by the Office of Management and Budget this past summer. Defense spending is the only appropriations bill remaining and is likely to get bipartisan support if it doesn't include an amendment attached by Democrats to raise the debt ceiling by nearly $2 trillion.
Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and Claire McCaskill of Missouri should be applauded for voting against this massive spending bill. However, their votes were canceled out by Republicans Thad Cochran of Missouri, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Richard Shelby of Alabama, all of which voted for the bill. This is outrageous! Why would Republicans vote for such a horrendous bill?!
Greta Van Susteren interviews Senator Evan Bayh, one of the Democrats who did not vote for the bill, in the video below.