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H.R. 1105 2009 Omnibus Spending and Stimulus

The house passed the 2009 Omnibus Spending bill with heavy democratic support.  While this is a normal appropriations bill that usually comes in nine separate packages, this year all nine were wrapped into one and held through the elections in order to have a better chance of passing.  The problem is combined with the stimulus bill, the Omnibus spending bill substantially increases many of the Government programs to levels never seen before.

Wasn’t one of the problems of Bush massive spending problems?  Here is a summary of 2008 spending under this bill compared to the new 2009 spending levels when combined with the stimulus package:

Department 2008 2009 % Change
Agriculture 18.1 26.2 45%
Commerce/Justice 51.8 72.9 41%
Energy & Water 30.9 77.6 151%
Financial Services 20.6 29.5 43%
Interior 26.6 38.5 45%
Legislative 3.9 4.4 13%
Labor 144.8 276.6 91%
State/Foreign Ops 32.8 37.2 13%
Transportation/HUD 48.8 116.8 139%

This bill is being pushed through under the table and with little changes.  In case you are interested, here is a link to the earmark letters to this bill provided by the democratic appropriations board (be warned it is a large PDF 35megs).  35megs of letters for earmarks!

Shouldn’t a bill of this size be debated?

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Loony Jane

Just trying to figure out the facts so that we can make real progress to help solve our tough problems.





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