The House of Representatives approved the 2009 Budget Resolution on Thursday by a vote of 214 – 210. The Senate approved the Resolution on Wednesday.
The budget resolution does not become law, but rather outlines for Congress the parameters for the spending bills throughout the year. It is drafted by the majority party. This is the first time since 2000 a final budget resolution was approved in an election year.
The Democrats’ budget resolution calls for $24.5 billion more in discretionary spending than the $991.6 billion President Bush requested. Bush has threatened to veto bills that exceed his target, but Democrats may wait for him to leave office before completing work on these bills.