Omnibus Budget Passes House, Earmarks Abound: the Roll Call

The House has passed the Omnibus Bill…

Has Obama told them about the CRISIS? Not a sign of being careful with our money anywhere in sight in this bill…I dread hearing about what is in here over the next few weeks…Sounds like Our Government wants to…..party all the time, party all the tiiime….

Who voted how?

Dems who voted no: 20, including the 2 from my neck of the woods, Moderate Dems..

Cardoza,Childers, Cooper,Costa,Donnelly (IN),Driehaus, Giffords, Hill, Kind,Kratovil, Marshall, Matheson, Minnick,Mitchell, Nye, Peterson, Speier, Tanner,Taylor,

GOP who voted yes: 16

Bono Mack, Brown-Waite, Ginny, Cao,Capito, Castle, Dent, Emerson, Gerlach, LoBiondo, McHugh, Miller (MI), Murphy, Tim, Reichert, Upton, Whitfield, Young (AK)

From Bloomberg

The U.S. House voted to boost spending on domestic programs by 8 percent, ease restrictions on travel to Cuba and kill a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., as part of a $410 billion spending bill.

The chamber voted 245 to 178 to approve an “omnibus” bill combining nine appropriations measures needed to fund the federal government through September, the end of its fiscal year.

Revenge of the Earmarks:

After persuading lawmakers to keep pet projects in their districts known as earmarks off the stimulus bill, Obama made no such attempt on the first non-emergency spending measure of his presidency. The result was that lawmakers claimed billions in federal funds for pet projects — a total of 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. Majority Democrats declined to provide a number of earmarks, but said the cost was far smaller, $3.8 billion, 5 percent less than a year ago.

ATTAAAAACK OF THE KILLER EARMARKS…..

Among the earmarks was one sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat, who secured $200,000 for a “tattoo removal violence outreach program” in Los Angeles. Aides said the money would pay for a tattoo removal machine that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past, and anyone benefiting would be required to perform community service.

Under the bill, Mexican-licensed trucks are banned from operating outside commercial zones along the border with the United States. The Teamsters union, which supported Obama’s election last year, had sought the move. The Bush administration backed a pilot program to permit up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican motor carriers access to U.S. roads.

Bush administration restrictions on travel to Cuba were loosened in the legislation, to permit more frequent visits and expand the list of family members permitted to make trips to see relatives on the Communist nation-island.

Do you get the sinking feeling that the Congress and the Administration are full throttle ahead on spending of any and all sorts?? It is almost as if…all they want to do is dance….they want to partay oooh they want to get down ooooh

WashingtonTimes:

The 1,000-plus-page spending bill provides a fat target for deficit hawks. It includes hundreds of pages of earmarks – pet spending projects inserted by lawmakers, ranging from $185,000 for coral reef research and preservation in Maui County, Hawaii, to $55,000 in meteorological equipment for Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., to $9.9 million for science enhancement at historically black colleges in South Carolina.

Some lawmakers are SO excited they cannot contain themselves and are already reporting back home about all the pork they will be sending :

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