The 2011 budget is finally official, squeaking past the House before being overwhelmingly voted for in the Senate.
The Speaker of the House lost 59 Republican votes and was forced to jockey for support from Democratic representatives in order to obtain enough votes to pass the budget bill, which in the end passed 260 to 167. Democrats provided 81 votes in support of the bid, but Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was not one of them. “I voted no on the CR today-we can do better by women, students, #DC and investing in our future,” Pelosi stated on twitter.
Despite threats of a filibuster, in the end most Republicans fell into line on the Senate side, where the bill was passed 81 to 19.
Also voted on was the controversial plan to end Title X funding for reproductive health care, money that Republicans complained goes predominately to Planned Parenthood. Although it passed the House it was defeated in the Senate 42 to 58, with six Republican senators voting against it. Also defeated was an amendment to defund health care reform, which was defeated 47 to 53. Neither amendment was expected to pass, but were offered stand alone votes as a condition of passing the continuing resolution that averted a government shut down last week.
Next up, the 2012 budget and the vote to raise the debt ceiling, two more highly charged congressional debates.