House and Senate Approve Obama’s Budget Outline
On his 99th day in office, President Obama received the very welcome news that Senator Specter was switching to the Democratic Party, virtually assuring the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate—something Republicans were very quick to condemn (both the defection and the filibuster-proof majority) since they, of course, would never dream of hoping for and wishing a Republican filibuster-proof majority on the American people.
Today, on his 100th day in office, President Obama got another very welcome present: Congress easily approved a $3.4 trillion spending plan, “setting the stage for President Obama to pursue the first major overhaul of the nation’s health care system in a generation, along with other far-reaching domestic initiatives,” according to the Washington Post.
Lawmakers also agreed to use a powerful procedural tool known as reconciliation to advance the president’s proposal to expand health coverage for the uninsured, handing the new administration a huge victory on its 100th day in office. Unlike 1993, when then-president Bill Clinton unveiled a universal coverage plan that went nowhere on Capitol Hill, Obama now has a strong mandate for change from both chambers of Congress and a mid-October deadline for key congressional committees to send legislation to the full House and Senate.
The budget resolution was passed in the House 233 to 193 without a single Republican vote and in the Senate 53 to 43.
For more details, read “Senate Joins House in Approving Obama’s Budget Outline” in the Post