Klobuchar votes for omnibus spending bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a tough battle to win support, the Senate passed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill last night on a voice vote.

Prior to the final vote, debate on the bill, which included thousands of earmarks that directed money to state-specific projects and organizations, was brought to an end with the support of 54 Democrats and eight Republicans.

While Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., voted for a handful of Republican-proposed amendments that failed, she ultimately voted to end debate on the bill, clearing the way for a final vote.

A comment from Klobuchar was not immediately available.

Democratic Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri voted against the motion to end debate.

The omnibus bill includes nine 2009 appropriations bills that Congress failed to approve last year.

In addition to voting for amendments that would have sent the bill back to the Senate Appropriations Committee and cut out certain earmarks, Klobuchar also voted in favor of an amendment that would have required the secretary of state to certify that funds made available for reconstruction efforts in Gaza would not be diverted to Hamas and another measure that would have withheld funding to the Federal Communications Commission for enforcement of the Fairness Doctrine in the coming year.

The Fairness Doctrine, which the FCC eliminated in the 1980s, required broadcasters to seek opposing views for their programming.

The omnibus will now head to President Obama for his signature. And, despite the earmarks, he has indicated that he will sign the legislation.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 03/11/2009 - 09:23 am.

    Cynthia,

    Please ask Senator Amy K how she is progressing on her campaign promises to the people of MN.

    She promised to lower the deficit, lower the national debt, and to follow pay-go.

    How does voting for this spending bill advance the cause of fulfilling her campaign promises?

  2. Submitted by david granneman on 03/11/2009 - 03:04 pm.

    hello all
    is president obama a figurehead for unseen forces or is he just a PLAIN OLD FASHIONED LIAR?

    when campaigning president obama promised to go thru each budget line by line and cut wastefull earmarks. he said then he would name names of the earmarkers.

    presdent obama and the democrates just passed a budget with 8500 earmarks. when asked about his promise he said the reason for the earmarks are leftovers from previous administration and that they are BUSH’S FAULT.

    he promised to cut earmars on HIS NEXT BUDGET.

    SO AGAIN I ASK, IS OBAMA A MERE FIGURE HEAD OR JUST A PLAIN OLD FASHIONED LIAR

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