Obama voters — and all Democrats, I suppose — tell your children now that you love them. Do it while they still might believe it.
The Senate, today, passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill which doesn’t include money for the military, the money for which will be subject to another vote and is expected to be $626 billion.
The bill combines six of the 12 annual appropriation bills for the 2010 budget year that began on Oct. 1. Obama has already signed five others into law. If the defense money is passed as expected the U.S. budget for 2010 will be $3.55 trillion which is a $450 billion increase over last year.
Government revenue, please note, is estimated at $2.381 trillion. This estimate is pegged at 8.9 precent higher than 2009 when there was not 10 percent (okay, 17 percent) unemployment.
The vote for H.R. 3288 was 57-35 with three Republicans — Thad Cochran (Mississippi), Richard Shelby (Alabama) and Susan Collins (Maine) — voting for it and Republicans Kit Bond of Missouri, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and George Voinovich of Ohio not being present.
Cochran, Shelby and Collins also voted for cloture, yesterday, which was the vote that mattered in stopping the drunken spending spree.
The vote against it included Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, all of whom are facing re-election in 2010; and who were consistent in voting against cloture, yesterday.
Not present, today, were Democrats Byron Doran of North Dakota, Patty Murray of Washington and Jeff Merkley of Oregon although they too supported Saturday’s cloture vote.
Pennsylvania’s senators Arlen Specter and Little Bobby Casey Jr. are Democrats and voted for both bills.