$410 billion omnibus spending bill signed into law; some pundits are screaming ‘pork’
| March 12, 2009 |
A $410 billion omnibus spending bill was signed into law yesterday, but some critics say it includes billions of dollars in pork.
The bill will fund most Cabinet departments and some other federal agencies for 2009. It passed the Senate in a voice vote 62-35.
The Los Angeles Times reports that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the president will sign the bill despite questions about spending priorities. The administration considers it old business that should have been resolved before he took office.
Here’s a quick look at the bill’s timeline.
|2/23/2009||Introduced in House|
|2/25/2009||Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 245 – 178 (Roll no. 86).|
|3/10/2009||Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.|
|3/10/2009||Cleared for White House.|
|3/11/2009||Presented to President.|
|3/11/2009||Signed by President.|
|3/11/2009||Became Public Law No: 111-008|
For the Library of Congress tracking of the bill, click here.