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House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote
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Posted on 01/15/2014 4:37:05 PM PST by Sub-Driver

January 15, 2014, 04:19 pm House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote

By Pete Kasperowicz and Erik Wasson Anne Wernikoff and Greg Nash

The House on Wednesday easily approved a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill would fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2014 and let Congress avoid the risk of a shutdown until the end of September.

Members voted 359-67 to pass the bill, which was opposed by 64 Republicans and three Democrats.

The three Democrats who voted "no" were Reps. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Rush Holt (N.J.), and Mike McIntyre (N.C.), a centrist Democrat who is retiring at the end of this Congress.

Some Republicans were known to oppose the bill, given their opposition to restoring some of the sequester cuts that were agreed to as part of the budget deal struck late last year. The bill allows discretionary spending to increase by $45 billion compared to the sequester.

"True, it adheres to the budget passed in December, but that's nothing to brag about," Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said of the spending bill. "That budget destroyed the only meaningful constraint on federal spending that we had."

McClintock and others were also upset at the rushed process that required the House to pass the bill after having just a few days to examine its 1,500 pages.

While most Democrats clearly preferred funding the government over risking a government shutdown, they also complained that the process needs to improve.

"This can be described very charitably as a mixed bag," said Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.). "This is a 1,500-page bill that nobody has actually read."

Yet the bill won even more support than the two-year budget deal it was based on. Ninety-four House members had voted against the budget deal.

Even conservative budget hawk Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who had signaled he would vote against any bill based on the new budget, voted "yes."

“When I ran for office in 2010, I told people that I wanted to roll back spending in Washington to 2008 [pre-stimulus] levels," he said. "I even put that on my flyers. Today I had the chance to do what I told people I would do if they elected me."

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he was surprised by the strong vote

“I'm almost giddy,” he said. “I think it's a really good demonstration of trying to work across the aisle and across the dome.”

Rogers said the vote bodes well for completing all 12 appropriations bills on time this year — something that has not been done since 1994 — and for other bipartisan accords.

“I really think this is setting a tone that will last,” he said. The chairman then carried a list of those who opposed his bill back to his office. “I like to keep track of who is for what,” he said.

Rogers and others have been hopeful that passing the 2014 bill will clear the decks and allow them to go back to regular order as they consider funding bills for 2015. They also hope it will prevent repeats of last fall's government shutdown.

"The December budget agreement and this bill sets us on a path to fulfilling our basic responsibility of the annual spending bills," said ranking committee member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

The debate was left to Lowey and Rogers — top House leaders of both parties did not appear at all. GOP leaders recommended a "yes" vote, while Democratic leaders made no recommendation.

The White House backed the bill, which the Senate is expected to take up later this week.

The bill is the first fully detailed spending plan for the government since the 2012 omnibus passed in late 2011. The government has been running on a series of stopgap measures since then.

The legislation makes several policy compromises, and Rogers cited some that Republicans can point to as victories.

"Throughout the bill, we've maintained pro-life policies, and protected Second Amendment rights," he said. "We've made sure that this bill provides no new funding for ObamaCare, and have even cut existing ObamaCare funds to the tune of over $1 billion."

Rogers was referring to a $1 billion cut to a preventive healthcare fund under ObamaCare, which Republicans have called a "slush” fund.

The GOP can also point to language that gives Wall Street regulators less money than they wanted to enforce the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and that spared readiness and major weapons systems from Pentagon cuts.

Democratic supporters touted large increases for social programs like Head Start and for medical research by the National Institutes of Health, as well as a 1-percent pay increase for blue-collar federal workers. Democrats were able to ensure that ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law were not entirely defunded, and that most of 134 policy riders House Republicans sought were removed from the bill.

Elsewhere, the bill cuts the budget of the Internal Revenue Service, a GOP target after last year's revelations that the IRS made it harder for conservative groups to win tax-exempt status.

Conservatives also pointed to a number of riders that were included in the bill, such as key coal-industry items inserted by Rogers. One would allow the Export-Import Bank to finance coal projects abroad.

The bill pays $174,000 to the widow of Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), who died late last year. Despite some criticism, Congress continues to make these "death gratuity" payments to the families of members who die in office.

House passage means it's up to the Senate to approve the bill by Saturday, when government funding expires. Passage is expected by Friday.

While some Senate Republicans will oppose it, Senate Appropriations ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on Wednesday predicted the bill would pass the Senate easily.

"We had a caucus Monday night ... and I believe we will have a healthy number," he said.

—This story was updated at 4:48 p.m.


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examine its 1,500 pages???????????????
1 posted on 01/15/2014 4:37:05 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

They’ll keep doing it until WE THE PEOPLE THROW THE BUMS OUT. It’s the only language politicians care about.


2 posted on 01/15/2014 4:39:05 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Remember in November.


3 posted on 01/15/2014 4:40:09 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: Sub-Driver

Who’s writing this stuff, the Annunaki?


4 posted on 01/15/2014 4:41:57 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: PapaNew

5 posted on 01/15/2014 4:42:12 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Sub-Driver

The commie ‘RATS and RINOs on Capitol Hill are spending your grandchildren’s inheritance. Barry thought he “inherited” a “mess”. Just think of the mess he’s leaving for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.


6 posted on 01/15/2014 4:42:20 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: Sub-Driver

They all seem pretty cozy with each other.


7 posted on 01/15/2014 4:43:55 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Sub-Driver

8 posted on 01/15/2014 4:49:51 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Well, it sure isn’t those elected who are writing this stuff. Their job is to stand in front of cameras, hand out press releases and draw a paycheck.


9 posted on 01/15/2014 4:50:13 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Sub-Driver

I wonder what ever happened to that nice conservative guy who was running for vice president on the republican ticket in 2012....

Can’t recall his name right now but he sure talked a good story.

Then - POOF! —— He just disappeared.


10 posted on 01/15/2014 4:50:21 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Iron Munro; KC_Lion

67 votes

wow

Uniparty is correct


11 posted on 01/15/2014 4:52:27 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s a lesser evil. That’s a good thing. I learned lesser evils like this are good. I don’t know why people are upset.


12 posted on 01/15/2014 5:10:45 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sub-Driver
fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2014 and let Congress avoid the risk of a shutdown until the end of September


13 posted on 01/15/2014 5:11:47 PM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Old Sarge

Gee another shutdown battle...and right before an election that could see dems swept out of office.

Odd that.


14 posted on 01/15/2014 5:18:32 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

” I learned lesser evils like this are good.”

You’re as much the problem as the bastards that voted for it!


15 posted on 01/15/2014 5:20:49 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

You failed to detect the sarcasm.


16 posted on 01/15/2014 5:22:14 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sub-Driver

Let’s go back to obama’s way. Forget this budget nonsense. Just spend like hell and let’s not worry about it. Forget pretending that Congress is actually concerned about the future.


17 posted on 01/15/2014 5:23:14 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Sub-Driver
"This is a 1,500-page bill that nobody has actually read."

So, that means no one in Congress wrote it. We already knew that. A bunch of lefty interns wrote it.

18 posted on 01/15/2014 5:24:45 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Sub-Driver

Incredibly depressing. Beltway disease is all consuming.


19 posted on 01/15/2014 5:26:03 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Right Wing Assault

“This is a 1,500-page bill that nobody has actually read.”

Remember when that sentence would have likely been followed by “...Said no American ever?”


20 posted on 01/15/2014 5:26:36 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ll be looking forward to reviewing the roll call - has anyone found it yet?


21 posted on 01/15/2014 5:37:05 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Sub-Driver
"This is a 1,500-page bill that nobody has actually read."


How's that experiment in self-government working out, America?

/sarc
22 posted on 01/15/2014 5:47:11 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America shall survive this Obamanation.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The debate was left to Lowey and Rogers — top House leaders of both parties did not appear at all. GOP leaders recommended a “yes” vote, while Democratic leaders made no recommendation.


What a bunch of yellow bellied cowards in the beltway GOP leadership. The Dems take their lunch money, pee on them and laugh about it after. Then the GOP asks for another.


23 posted on 01/15/2014 5:51:42 PM PST by lodi90
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To: Iron Munro

I wonder what ever happened to that nice conservative guy who was running for vice president on the republican ticket in 2012....


He’s probably having a party tonight with his K Street buddies. Celebrating the new defense appropriations and laughing about throwing those greedy vets under the bus. These men are scum. I am disgusted by this latest beltway spectacle.


24 posted on 01/15/2014 5:54:44 PM PST by lodi90
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To: Amendment10

Remember what? That the uniparty controls groups access to the ballot, decides who gets to vote, chooses how to run the election, and then counts the votes? The ballot box is closed to conservatives.

Rather than moping over that sad fact, I think I’ll do something useful. I’m just not planning to be at the polls.


25 posted on 01/15/2014 6:00:38 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Which Bonnie and Clyde voted for the ‘Bankrupting America’s Future Generation Act of 2014’ so we can get rid of them.


26 posted on 01/15/2014 6:32:34 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: Sub-Driver

The GOP loves big govt speniding just as much as the Dems. Time to face facts.


27 posted on 01/15/2014 6:45:30 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
The three Democrats who voted "no" were Reps. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Rush Holt (N.J.), and Mike McIntyre (N.C.), a centrist Democrat who is retiring at the end of this Congress. Some Republicans were known to oppose the bill, given their opposition to restoring some of the sequester cuts that were agreed to as part of the budget deal struck late last year. The bill allows discretionary spending to increase by $45 billion compared to the sequester.
Thanks Sub-Driver.
28 posted on 01/15/2014 8:06:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Sub-Driver
"True, it adheres to the budget passed in December, but that's nothing to brag about," Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said of the spending bill. "That budget destroyed the only meaningful constraint on federal spending that we had." McClintock and others were also upset at the rushed process that required the House to pass the bill after having just a few days to examine its 1,500 pages.

Oh how I wish he'd been elected governor of California. This forum deserves some of the blame for the disaster that was Arnold. There were too many who tolerated his boosters for too long because of the "R" after his name.

29 posted on 01/15/2014 9:38:38 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Sub-Driver
While this isn't necessarily a good bill, there is one positive that gun owners can take from it.

Per Gun Owners of America:

For a year now, we have told you that we easily have the 34 votes necessary to defeat ratification of the UN Arms Trade Treaty. That treaty would set the stage for far-ranging gun and magazine bans, gun registration, and gun microstamping requirements.

We have told you that the next task would be to pass an appropriations bill amendment which would defund any Obama effort to implement the ATT by executive fiat. And we have drafted such an amendment and made it available to Congress.

That amendment to defund the UN ATT is about to happen.

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) has announced that he has amended the must-pass omnibus appropriations bill to ban funding for the implementation of the ATT.

That big appropriations bill has pluses and minuses, and it probably is not the bill we would have drafted. But the win on the Arms Trade Treaty is huge.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 6:36:35 AM PST by lcms rev
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To: PapaNew
They’ll keep doing it until WE THE PEOPLE THROW THE BUMS OUT.

I believe the phrase you're looking for is there are many lamp-posts in DC.

31 posted on 01/16/2014 8:46:38 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sub-Driver; PapaNew; Amendment10; CivilWarBrewing; Cheerio; FlingWingFlyer; John W; ...
Uniparty is correct

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32 posted on 01/16/2014 9:20:59 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: GeronL
Here's the vote breakdown. Sorry to see that our supposedly conservative congresslady voted for this outrageous spending, she must have felt pretty safe.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/15/house-passes-1-1t-omnibus-spending-bill/

33 posted on 01/16/2014 10:13:26 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: OneWingedShark

Scary... the black double-eagle...


34 posted on 01/16/2014 12:36:41 PM PST by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Sub-Driver

In 2010, the Tea Party swept to victory on the promise of cutting spending, downsizing government and killing Obamacare.

So here we are in 2014: spending (in terms of amount and how fast we’re spending) is at record levels. The government is at its largest size ever. And their budget locks in Obamacare.

If I were an American liberal: I’d be laughing and peeing in everyone’s face too. :)


35 posted on 01/16/2014 1:40:55 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Sub-Driver

Boner is a miserable failure.


36 posted on 01/16/2014 6:35:29 PM PST by Coleus
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To: All

“House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said he was surprised by the strong vote

Rogers said the vote bodes well for completing all 12 appropriations bills on time this year — something that has not been done since 1994 — and for other bipartisan accords.”

So, he likes to keep a hit list...

One of these days, all its going to take is for 60-65 republicans to cast aside this moderate party of feckless capitulators and form up a true conservative party...

I hope it is sooner than later...

IT is also a long time in the waiting...


37 posted on 01/16/2014 8:52:56 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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