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House Votes to Fund Government Through October

By Ben Pershing
The House voted Friday to keep federal agencies funded through the end of October, as the end of the government's fiscal year looms and the appropriations process is nowhere near complete.

The chamber approved, with a mostly party-line vote of 217-190, a continuing resolution to keep the government running at current funding levels while Congress slogs its way through spending bills. The resolution was attached to the legislative-branch appropriations measure, the only one of the 12 bills so far that has actually emerged from House-Senate conference negotiations. The Senate must now pass the bill by Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends.

The resolution would keep the money flowing at fiscal 2009 levels for nearly all government programs, with a few exceptions: The Veterans Health Administration would get a funding boost of roughly 10 percent, and the Census Bureau's budget will more than double as it prepares to conduct the 2010 Census. The CR also includes a ban on any federal funding contained therein from going to ACORN, the community organizing group that has come under heavy fire from Republicans in recent weeks. And the measure does a budgetary favor for the U.S. Postal Service, reducing by $4 billion a payment it is scheduled to make for retiree health benefits.

The GOP complained Friday about the CR being attached to the legislative branch bill, and the fact that the congressional funding measure was the first appropriations conference report ready for action.

"The priorities in this legislation are completely out of touch with the interests of the American people. It is simply irresponsible for the Democrat majority to move forward with funding for their own offices' expenses before approving funding for critical national needs," Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

But Democrats pointed out that Republicans often attached continuing resolutions to appropriations measures when they were in the majority. And they say more House-Senate conference reports will be ready for action soon. The House has approved its versions of all 12 appropriations bills, while the Senate has passed six.

The legislative branch bill includes $4.66 billion to fund all congressional operations, a 3.5 percent increase over fiscal 2009 levels. That includes $50 million for a new fund to repair and restore House buildings.

Most congressional agencies got only small increases in their budgets, including the Congressional Budget Office, which has been especially busy of late, providing cost estimates for various health-care reform proposals. The CBO got a 2 percent budget boost, which includes money for 12 new employees "to increase CBO's capacity to analyze health care policy, financial and housing markets, and other areas of high congressional interest."

By Ben Pershing  |  September 25, 2009; 12:01 PM ET
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So, will Barack be reprising his role as ACORN defense lawyer?

ACORN: Association of Criminals Obama Represented in the Nineties.

“I've been fighting alongside of ACORN on issues you care about my entire career [ including child “services”, financial “services”, and “voter” registration? ] Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote in Illinois, Acorn was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.” --Obama, 2007

ACORN: Assisting Call-girls, Obama, Reid and Nancy

Posted by: PositiveSum | September 25, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

PositiveSum quoted Obama so:
“I've been fighting alongside of ACORN on issues you care about my entire career"

His other associates and pals:
Wright, Black Liberation, Farrakhan, Ayers, Dohrn, Weatherman, Gates,Rashid Khalidi, S.E.I.U., Alinsky, Davis, Union Thugs, Soros, and Jones.

No president ever had such a sorry background.


Posted by: Billw3 | September 25, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Fund it with what?
The stuff in the babies diapers, it really is all there is left.
TEA PArty REVOLT is just getting started refusing to earn an extra dime for these clowns and Bear Revolt intendeds to REDRESS and null all their 2009 signatures for NO Confidence recall of them all.

Taxing the unborn removes their US Constitution and a right to representation.
Hence their budget is treason to that right isn't it?

Posted by: dottydo | September 25, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

These Dems can't even waste money on time.

The only way to begin starving this Beast is for the people to DEMAND no future hikes in the debt ceiling. One party control is a one way ticket to the poorhouse for taxpayers.

Posted by: bandcyuk | September 25, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Will one tea-party supporter please explain where the outrage was over deficit spending during the Bush administration?

Honestly, what is the real issue here? Is it deficit spending in general? Is it the level of deficit spending? Is it the fact that a Democratic President is in office?

Without any silly names, sharp rebukes, or the like I would like to actually understand what the tea party movement is about - at this time it does not seem to be coherent, based on fact, or self-consistent.

Posted by: biercuk | September 25, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

We pay 40% taxes already... Add your income tax to your SSN/Medicare tax - OMG!! Lets NOT Fund the government for a few months and let some of these leeches die-off over the winter. If I had the 6,000 dollars+ a year I spend in Medicare taxes alone, I could make sure my mother had the BEST private healthcare... WTF is left to take at 40% average taxes?!!

Posted by: _trooper_ | September 26, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that any information that is negative to ACORN is almost always attributed to Republicans? The only place you can get any information on this partisan
(In Obamas pocket) organization is from the internet. And why is it that the internet is portrayed by some "pundits" as a "sewer". As
Netayahoo (SP?) said have you people no shame? You continue to deny the obvious, you are left leaning in your reporting, I might even say extremely left leaning. Would it be so distasteful to simply report objectively and leave the inuendo and downright left leaning comments to the editorial writers? At least the public would know it's just an opinion piece at least those of the public who are concerned enough to now the difference. Opinion has many sides, liberals seem to thing opinion only has one side, theirs.

Posted by: kondor26 | September 26, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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