By Emily Miller
The Democrats’ four-year control of the House of Representatives crawled to an end with the passage of a short-term spending bill, which will allow Republicans to set the government funding levels in the new year.
Last night, the House passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) by a vote of 193-165. The Senate passed it by 79-16 earlier in the day. After being signed by President Obama, the CR will fund the government at 2010 spending levels until March 4.
The short-term CR was a victory for Republicans because government spending levels and priorities will be set by the new GOP-controlled House. The House Democrats passed a CR, which was a yearlong, last-ditch spending spree, but it died in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attempted to jam through an omnibus spending bill that funded the government through the fiscal year. The 1,924-page, earmark-filled omnibus bill was blocked by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Even though the Democrat-controlled Congress finally finished its constitutional responsibility to set government spending yesterday, it did not adjourn. Instead the lame-duck Congress is voting today on the 9/11 Health Bill and the START Treaty. My column today about the Democrats’ lame efforts to spin their “accomplishments” is here: Democratic Congress Ends With A Whimper.
The good news is that the four years of the tax-and-spend (and spend and spend) Democratic Congress will end today . . . MERRY CHRISTMAS!