With no Senate Republican votes.  From the New York Times,

On the heels of House approval of its spending plan for 2010, the Senate voted 55 to 43 shortly before midnight to adopt a similar budget after a day spent laboring over politically tinged amendments that did little to change a fiscal blueprint generally in keeping with Mr. Obama’s ambitious agenda.

The House’s vote:

But House Democrats easily defeated Republican alternatives and won backing for their budget from all segments of their party, from conservative Blue Dogs to urban liberals. The 233-to-196 vote, though hardly overwhelming, actually reflected a strong show of Democratic support for the budget, since it often barely passes. It was the first time in a dozen years that a budget had received more than 230 votes. Twenty House Democrats opposed the budget; two Senate Democrats did.

The chief Republican alternative, officially supported by the party leadership, was defeated 293 to 137, with 38 Republicans opposing it.

One of the Democrat Senators opposing it was Indiana’s Evan Bayh.   Thank you, sir, you did the state proud.

Michelle Malkin, looking ahead to the reconciliation of the House and Senate bills for a final version:  While you were sleeping, Congress was hard at work…passing the $3.6 trillion budget spending your hard-earned money. A bunch of fiscal restraint amendments were adopted to create an aura of responsibility — with Democrat senators openly confessing they’ll just throw the amendments out during conference.

Some of those amendments, from WSJ:

As the Senate debate stretched into the night, lawmakers amended the budget several times. They went on record against a proposal to reduce tax deductions for charitable contributions as a way of paying for expanded access to health care. They also took several votes reflecting concern over climate change proposals made by the White House.

Some of these amendments are likely to disappear in coming negotiations with the House. But they reflected the tensions roiling Capitol Hill. That includes unease over aid flowing to Wall Street. Among the amendments was a measure requiring the Federal Reserve to disclose the companies receiving aid from it.

The Democrats own the budget now.  From USAToday, one thing we’ll be paying for, thanks to them:  Federal workers may get bigger raises

Despite President Obama’s call for federal employees to “do their part” and accept smaller-than-usual pay raises, Congress is considering a budget that could spend an additional $1.3 billion or more on pay for civilian federal workers.

While some states and private companies are slashing jobs and pay, Congress is advancing a budget that could change a 2% raise proposed by Obama for 1.9 million non-military federal workers to at least 2.9% — which is the amount the president proposed for military employees.

“It feels like this is not a good time to be taking a pay increase,” said Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group that supports freezing pay for civilian federal workers. “Everyone else in the country is taking huge cuts, losing jobs.”

You think?  More fuel for the tea party fire.  Thanks, Congress.  You’re making our job easier.

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