Late last night, the House passed the Senate version of the emergency spending bill to keep the government funded until March of next year. Unfortunately for the Obama White House, the measure does not fund provisions to implement part of the health care act. The lawmakers had passed a continuing resolution before, since the Democrat Congress had not the guts to pass an actual budget in an election year. But the Senate turned that piece of legislation into an ‘omnibus’ pork bill, well over 1,900 pages long with a price tag of nearly $1.1 Trillion dollars. By statute, Congress is suppose to pass a budget each year, so Nancy Pelosi can now add to her legacy yet another grand failure.

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 16: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2R) and U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) (R) speak with U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) (L) while U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) speaks on a phone outside a meeting on Capitol Hill December 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held a caucus meeting to discuss pending lame duck session legislation for the 111th Congress and upcoming issues for the incoming 112th Congress in 2011. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Missing from the Senate version passed by the House last night is a mere $1 Billion dollars, chump change these days, which would have funded the hiring of personnel and expand those Federal agencies to play a role in the health care act. Senate Republicans squashed the earlier version, which began in the House as a continuing funding resolution, to maintain the status quo. But Harry Reid and Democrat senators used the opportunity to add billions of dollars of pork-barrel projects. The measure would have funded the government straight through for the rest of fiscal year 2011 which ends on September 30th next year.

But the GOP did not want to play along. Having won back the House and reduced the Democrat majority in the Senate in last month’s election, Republicans are poised to exercise their muscles come January 5th. Many expect House Republicans to push for canceling remaining ‘stimulus’ projects passed back in 2009, which were supposed to keep unemployment from exceeding 8%, but failed to do so. Many also see this as perhaps the first move by the GOP to repeal, or at least de-fund, the Obama health care plan.

The measure passed by the Senate and the House is only for about $250 Billion dollars, just enough to keep the lights on in Washington for two months. We can expect Republicans to offer up a radically reduced spending bill to fund the rest of 2011 shortly after taking control of the House on January 5th. The new Congress may even abide by the law and actually pass a budget for 2012 before October 1st. Wouldn’t that be nice for a change, Congress obeying the law! The temporary spending bill does not fund either of the two ‘hallmark’ accomplishments of Barack Obama and the Democrats, the health care and financial reform acts. The failure by pass the Democrat omnibus spending bill was the last humiliation for a dismal year.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: U.S. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media after a Senate Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill December 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. Reid discussed the agenda for the rest of the lame-duck 111th Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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