P.L. 111-8, The Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (35 comments ↓ | 15 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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Making omnibus appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.

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  • There was no up-or-down vote in the Senate.

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Ray Gordon

February 26, 2009, 11:23am (report abuse)

thats insane. why would you pass this bill. i thought you were going to cut the national debt inhalf. there is no way your going to able to do that if you keep spending all this money we dont have. this is not going to help us in the long run.

Margaret Military Mom

February 26, 2009, 5:58pm (report abuse)

I am so mad at our Government at this time. I am not usually an activist, but you sir; Mr President have awoken a sleeping giant. I do not like hypocrits either.. Do not believe Mr Schumer when he says "Americans dont care". Oh We care and we are going to show how much we care.


February 26, 2009, 10:57pm (report abuse)

They used to call these Hobos. Soon she'll be proud of all us.

Gillette, Wyoming

February 27, 2009, 8:55am (report abuse)

I am so disgusted with our government. These people are so far out of touch with the folks they represent. They live in a make believe world called Washington DC. Most of us live in fly over states and they don't give a damn about us. The way they will pay for the huge spending spree is tax business and the wealthy. Cripple the money makers and they will stop investing, building business, hiring people, you name it! It is just WRONG. Schumer said American's don't care. He's really in touch, isn't he? It's time we take back our country! What a disgrace. SHAME ON YOU DC!


February 27, 2009, 4:29pm (report abuse)

Wyoming -- because piling tax cuts on the wealthy in hopes that they drive the economy has been working so well for the past 8 years. It led us to this golden age of economic bliss!


February 28, 2009, 4:18am (report abuse)

Matt... the tax cuts didn't cause the current state of the economy. cutting taxes will never lose anyone's job.

how about we stop the runaway spending that took place under Bush and has skyrocketed even higher into unprecedented realms Obama.


March 2, 2009, 11:04am (report abuse)

deltanine -- tax cuts per se won't bring down the economy, or cost us jobs. Greedy people getting tax cuts will. Rather than make necessary investments in plant, equipment and human capital, greedy business leaders will line their own pockets with huge bonuses, and seek to increase corporate profits under the guise of "maximizing shareholder wealth", cutting employment and shifting operations offshore. We are being ripped off, not by the tax cuts themselves, but by the criminals who are taking advantage of them.

Regarding spending -- it is stimulative if invested in projects that are necessary and cost effective, and which create or preserve jobs. People with jobs contribute more to the economy than people who are unemployed.


March 2, 2009, 12:24pm (report abuse)

Why are we preaching and griping to each other???!!!. Something or someone has to band us together to fight this stupidity, not just talk about it.

I write or call my dopey reps in DC everyday. Don't know if it does any good, but I feel a little better.


March 2, 2009, 12:47pm (report abuse)

I agree we are spending beyond our imaginations -- however, I amwaiting to hear of a solution - from anyone - rather than the same blather about who did what when and where. There is enough blame and fault to go around the world -- so???? Let\'s become \"solution oriented\" instead of blame and fault bickering.


March 2, 2009, 2:00pm (report abuse)

We are spending too much, I will agree. But we have had a number of years that working people were not working and they as a group pay a lion,s share of the taxes that run this government. So what is there to do but come up with a plan to get people back to work. I do pray that it does.

Mary - MI

March 2, 2009, 4:09pm (report abuse)

For the last century our elected officials have been abrogating and aborting bit by bit our U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights. We no longer have sound money (backed by gold & silver) The "REPUBLICRATS" have been leading us down the path of fascism and socialism. Congress created the mess of allowing sub-prime mortgages. Congress put us under GATT and NAFTA, undermining our manufacturing and businesses.

Congress has placed all of us and those yet to be born under an unfanthomable debt and made us the largest debtor nation in the world. We need more Congressman Ron Paul's who is the only one to uphold his oath of office!

Paul, Western PA

March 3, 2009, 10:24am (report abuse)

You want solutions as opposed to complaints:

1. Term Limits - Laws will be passed to help USA, not elected officials.

2. No retirement fund for any elected gov official. They can pay into a 401k as working americans do. Social Security and Medicare would be repaired quickly.

3. No gov money or services to illegal immigrants period.

4. National flat sales tax period. All americans would then pay fair share, also, all illegal dollars taxed as well. And for those of you who believe that the poor would not be able to afford food and shelter, no tax at all on food and clothing.

5. Balance the budget - no more spending until deficit is gone and a surplus exists. Then Budgets based upon existing surplus, not projected surplus,similar to what most do monthly with their bills.

6. True development of alternative fuel sources, while using this countries existing resources of oil, coal, solar, and wind. We could cripple our enemies economies by not using their resources. War over.


(logged-in user) March 3, 2009, 12:40pm (report abuse)

Do your Senators and Rep.in the House agree with you?

Montana Citizen

March 4, 2009, 2:22pm (report abuse)

Mary Great ideas. Only I would make that the Fair Tax, it has been proposed in the House. HR 25. Also I would add for elected officials no special medical plan. Let them have what the people have.

Both parties are to blame for this economy. So are we. We let them go unchecked for too long. Let's take back our country before there isn't one left. Stand up and tell them NO MORE.

Kathy - AZ

March 6, 2009, 1:23pm (report abuse)

Paul, Western PA. Agree that your solutions sound very good! Just change #4 a little to include medicine and medical services. Also Montana Citizen comment is good. But -- it appears that our Government would never enact any of them. Why? Because they would lose control of the citizens that elected them or will elect them in the future. That is what it's all about: BIG Government control of the citizens. When they beat us all down so that we have to depend on Government to take care of us, they have control over us. But, in spite of it, I continue to write my Congressmen & women in the hope that they will do what is right for our country.


(logged-in user) March 6, 2009, 4:15pm (report abuse)

Lunacy!!! What has Obama ever accomplished? He has absolutely no experience except to run for office. The U.S. is in the hands of the Socialist/Communist!!


March 8, 2009, 8:38pm (report abuse)

JIM... I could not have said it better myself...Paul #4 is bad but the rest looks like obvious solutions...yes both parties are to blame for where we are today but the new President is so full of himself it is scary. Vote these guys out in 2 years and start taking our country back...Get back to basic constitutional thought about this great country. Less government not more...take care of ourselves, you should not need government to help you. If you do,work hard so you dont need them. They only want you to need them more...power to the people


March 8, 2009, 9:02pm (report abuse)

Hey Chowderhead... Have you ever worked for a poor person?????? I didnt think so. Could you be a bigger tosser???? I dont think so. Think about it HAVE YOU EVER WORKED FOR A POOR PERSON????? Business owners make more money so they can pay their employees...they work hard work for 7 days a week...risking everything they have to start a company to provide wealth for themselves and others...not every business owner is lining their pockets and hiding money...just the tax cheats that the new President is hanging around with...instead of sucking off the government why dont you work hard for opportunity like business owners do!!!!!


(logged-in user) March 9, 2009, 10:08am (report abuse)

It was eight years of Bush Republicanism that got us here, not two months of Barack Obama.


March 9, 2009, 10:25am (report abuse)

Deborah, They are all the same - Bush Republicanism and Obamanation!! It\'s not a party thing; get over party lines! It\'s conservative against socialism!!

Albuquerque, NM

March 9, 2009, 11:40am (report abuse)

Matt - you didn't read Wyoming's post correctly. Read it again and then apologize.

I wonder if the guys in DC are going to give themselves a raise from all of this.

Albuquerque, NM

March 9, 2009, 11:51am (report abuse)

Bretta - I write my guys in DC once each week as well as writing these postings. When we post here, we make available an exchange of ideas that some of us may not have thought about.

My senators respond to my e-mails. But I have this Jr. Congressman who impresses me that he thinks he is "holier than thou". I Just let him know this morning that he will deal with me or he will never see being a Sr. Congressman.


March 9, 2009, 11:57am (report abuse)

I sure wish you Bush haters would stop acting like all of the things wrong with the economy started in the last 8 yrs. If you really want a start date, go back about 30 yrs. to the Carter administration, which was somewhat fixed by Reagan with tax cuts and sound fiscal policy, then the economy was again wrecked by Clinton and the liberal democrap idiots in Congress. The mess caused by the democraps just exploded on Bush\'s watch. Now the democraps have a real idiot in charge who is an avowed socialist. Our country is in real deep doo-doo. It\'s going to be a rough ride.

Albuquerque, NM

March 9, 2009, 12:03pm (report abuse)

See Bretta - here\\\'s an example - Thanks Paul from Western, Pa - I had forgotten about most of these until I read your posting. They are now copied and posted in my Notebook for follow-up e-mails to the guys who work for me in DC.

Paul, Western PA

March 9, 2009, 4:16pm (report abuse)

Cam, you say 4 is bad, however, offer no reason nor alternative. I am open for any reasonable solutions. Kathy, I did not include medicine or housing on purpose. Typically, housing and medical is supplied to the poor via section 8, welfare, and medicare. It is not the best, however, it is adequate until they can get work and coverage.

As far as the finger pointing goes, it has been going on as long as I can remember. Surprisingly, finger pointing has not solved any problems. It seems that most every american is becoming well educated with the issues, and all will come to their own conclusions as to who is at fault. I also believe that over the next year or so, the candidates will be hard pressed to misrepresent information as they have in the past. The situation we are currently in is bad, but I feel that we will have a more educated electorate in the near future. That is the average citizens greatest weapon and I am sure that the incumbents will figure this out very soon.


March 9, 2009, 7:43pm (report abuse)

Paul, after reading your comments more carefully I stand corrected. I like your ideas. Keep them coming...

Brandt, Missouri

March 9, 2009, 9:18pm (report abuse)

Paul, Pa. has some good ideas, but ideas with no teeth are just mental masturbation. Money is where its at. Everyone so far has mentioned how we have let things get out of hand. NO. We've forgotten the "shut off" switch. Money. We need to set a date when these things need to be done. If they are, fine, the US can return to its days of glory. If not, they will get none of my money. Throw me in jail. I will not be a slave any more. Warmongering and the Out-of-touch regulation and spending in Washington needs to stop. If you want to finish the monster off, you must be willing to draw the proverbial line in the sand. With me?

Jack Mi

March 10, 2009, 7:34pm (report abuse)

National sales tax is a great thing couldn't happen too often but at least once in a while I could say "I WILLNOT PAY ANY TAXES TODAY" I just wouldn't buy anything. Well yea I would still have to pay the taxes for the big bad businesses that just pass them on to me. But it would still feel good.

Samuel C. Work

March 11, 2009, 11:37pm (report abuse)

President Obama clearly confirmed today, by not vetoing the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, that he is afraid to confront those two arrogant, ego-maniacal power-mongers Pelosi and Reid, so we now know who is REALLY running the Country! The President has no intent to "change" Washington. His only interest is in promulgating his own self-serving socialist programs. A sad day...and what is looking like a very sad four years for America.

Ken Mattos

March 12, 2009, 2:12pm (report abuse)

I am looking for the online copy of the Omnibus bill. There is a lot of discussion about it, but where is a link to it? Would someone send it to me please? I am kennethmattos at yahoo dot com.

Ken Mattos

March 12, 2009, 2:15pm (report abuse)

P.S. I did look at the link at the top of this page. Very cumbersome. I would like to find something in the same format as the Recovery Act.


(logged-in user) May 8, 2009, 12:20pm (report abuse)

$4000 is nuts flat out! I was stuck in a countrywide loan and had to pay a firm www.proloanmods.com $1500 because countrywide denied me a modification twice and I was in 1 of those payoption arms!! At that price every family could get their mortgage modified and we'd probably end the housing crisis that is causing most of these economic problems

D. L. Gary-Pandol

August 19, 2009, 8:05pm (report abuse)

There should be no waiver provided to the President in order to give money to the Palestinians, PA or PLO. NO, no, no!


November 16, 2009, 10:59pm (report abuse)

additional information


November 10, 2010, 12:39pm (report abuse)

I clicked on this blog to read about the comments of Public Law 111-8. President Obama smartly signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act into law on March 111, 2009 which "permanently prohibits banks from entering the real estate brokerage and management businesses". From where I sit they have total control of it right now. Toxic mortgages are not being modified, short sales are inching forward as an alternative, banks are not writing mortgages but are foreclsosing on their victims and selling at a profit. The only people able to purchase a home are foreigners and cash buyer investors. I wouldn't be surprised if many of those cash buyers are in the banking or wall street business. Why can't we enforce the law?????????????????

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