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It was a 62-35 vote late Tuesday. Now the massive $410 Billion spending bill goes to PBO for his signature, which is expected today. For those interested, the Washington Post penned a fairly complete story on the battle to pass the measure.

The Associated Press announced that after signing the bill, Il Duce will also announce steps aimed at curbing lawmakers’ penchant for pet projects. Isn’t this just a tad late? The latest version of the earmarks drizzled throughout the bill, posted here by Taxpayers for Common Sense, has over $7.7 Billion in pork.

Surprisingly, two Democrat Senators, Russ Feingold (WI) and Evan Bayh (IN) are urging PBO to veto the spending bill. CNN has that story here.

“But the bloated omnibus requires sacrifice from no one, least of all the government. It only exacerbates the problem and hastens the day of reckoning,” Bayh wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial published Wednesday.

“Voters rightly demanded change in November’s election, but this approach to spending represents business as usual in Washington, not the voters’ mandate.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement. If you ate recently, I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes before reading.

The Senate’s passage of the omnibus appropriations bill completes the appropriations bills that the previous Administration delayed and rejects the deep cuts affecting our children, our workers, and our economy that President Bush proposed. Congress can now focus its full attention on continued aggressive action to strengthen our economy and create jobs, to reform our health care system to reduce costs and increase coverage, to move our nation toward energy independence, and to modernize education to foster innovation and competitiveness in the global economy.

All of the priorities that President Obama has outlined for the Congress this year are essential not only to creating jobs now, but to laying the foundation for prosperity for years to come. While this agenda is aggressive, we must do all we can to restore America’s economic strength now and in the future. We look forward to continuing to work with President Obama to achieve these goals.

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The $410 Billion spending bill is being held up by Senate Republicans (story link here, and Michelle has a piece on her site here)! Woohoo! Of course, this may be shortlived, they are only one vote away from ending debate. Reid will give someone a committee position to get it done, or offer to wash their car…something.

I loved this part:

And, to the embarrassment of Obama – who promised during last year’s campaign to force Congress to curb its pork-barrel ways – the bill contains 7,991 pet projects totaling $5.5 billion, according to calculations by the GOP staff of the House Appropriations Committee.

Of course, that “greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray” I’m sure comes from both sides of the isle. However, we need to encourage them, pat them on the back, and show them that this is what we wanted them to do all along!

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