Senate Invokes Cloture on 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Senators have adopted a procedural (cloture) motion to limit debate on the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 3288) by a vote of 60 to 34.

Passage of this motion will set up a final vote, which is possible as early as tomorrow.

The AP notes that this “$1.1 trillion measure combines much of the year’s unfinished budget work — only a $626 billion Pentagon spending measure would remain — into a 1,000-plus-page catchall spending bill that would give Cabinet departments such as Education, Health and Human Services and State increases far exceeding inflation.”

The measure provides spending increases averaging about 10 percent to programs under immediate control of Congress, blending increases for veterans’ programs, NASA and the FBI with a pay raise for federal workers and help for car dealers.

Additional provisions worth noting:

Saturday’s bill would offer an improved binding arbitration process to challenge General Motors’ and Chrysler’s decisions to close more than 2,000 dealerships, which often anchor fading small town business districts. It also renewed for two more years a federal loan guarantee program for steel companies.

The bill also caps a heated debate over Obama’s order to close the military-run prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It would permit detainees held there to be transferred to the United States to stand trial but not to be released.

The bill would also void a long-standing ban on the funding of abortion by the District of Columbia government and overturns a ban on federal money for needle exchange programs in the city. It also phases out a D.C. school voucher program favored by Republicans and opens the door for the city to permit medical marijuana.

It would also lift a nationwide ban on the use of federal funds for needle-exchange programs.

Federal workers would receive pay increases averaging 2 percent, with people in areas with higher living costs receiving slightly higher increases.

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2 responses to “Senate Invokes Cloture on 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

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    Then Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut proudly cast his vote to allow a thousand federally funded abortions in the district of Columbia every year as part of the omnibus funding bill. It escaped him that his people had cast annihilated seven nations for the same practice before Molech three millennia earlier. This will go down as the Sabbath Day Lieberman Abortion Holocaust Bill of 2009.
    (Three Republicans helped Democrats advance the measure: Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Susan Collins of Maine. So reports Wash. Times.)

  2. Is it possible the VA Compensation for Disabled American Veterans ever get a payraise? I understand there has not been a payraise to that program since 1935. I believe The Veterans Disablity Commission recommended it to Congress back in 2007. Thank you for any action That will help Disabled American Veterans drawing more Compensation due to Service Connected Disablilities. Some people call it Quality of Life.

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