Omnibus spending bill is made of FAIL

The New York Times has a great picture of John McCain looking Very Concerned.

Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.

The ability of the diminished minority to delay the bill signaled growing unease in Congress, among Democrats and Republicans, over the levels of government spending in recent months and the staggering increase in the federal deficit.

The delay of the bill was an embarrassment for Democrats and a striking, if temporary, victory for critics of so-called earmark spending initiatives, who had criticized the bill as bloated with wasteful expenditures.

Among those critics were Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and two Democrats who opposed the measure, Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

[From an earlier edition]
Representative Harry E. Mitchell, Democrat of Arizona, said he voted against the measure primarily because in included a sizable increase in financing for Congress itself. “We need to restrain,” Mr. Mitchell said in an interview. “You can’t just continually go on a binge like this.”

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