Sixteen House Republicans voted for it, too. So we have another very expensive, earmark-riddled, spending bill:
The Democratic-controlled House approved $410 billion legislation Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration.
The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.
Republicans assailed the measure as too costly — particularly on the heels of a $787 billion stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed last week. But Democrats jabbed back.
“The same people who drove the economy into the ditch are now complaining about the size of the tow truck,” said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., pointing out the large increase in deficits that President George W. Bush and GOP-controlled Congresses amassed.
McGovern is working as fast as he can to get people to forget that Democrats have been in control of both houses of Congress the past two years, making them very much complicit in the state of economy right now. If he wants to place blame, fine. I can play that game, too. Two years ago, the economy was chugging along very well. The recession didn’t begin until December 2007, a full year after the Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress.