July 1, 2005


Spending Bills Done, House Votes Money for Veterans (CARL HULSE, 7/01/05, NY Times)

The House gave initial approval on Thursday to the last of its 11 annual spending bills and passed $975 million in emergency money for veterans' health care as Congress headed toward its Fourth of July break. [...]

The 11 spending bills for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 must still be reconciled with the Senate, which is moving more slowly and passed its first appropriations bill Wednesday.

The House took steps earlier this year to speed up its consideration of the spending measures, which in recent years have routinely been months overdue. Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Republican of Illinois, said this was the first time in almost two decades that all of the spending measures had been pushed through the House by the Independence Day break.

Denny Hastert doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2005 8:29 AM

Agree that Hastert is underrated.

How spending was added back in to get this done? I think the Amtrak cuts were reversed for example.

Let's hope this puts pressure on the GOP Senate to get their side done on time as well.

Posted by: AWW at July 1, 2005 8:41 AM

I think Hastert prefers it that way.

Posted by: Brandon at July 1, 2005 10:14 AM

Too bad there isn't a former wrestling coach among the GOP ranks in the Senate.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 1, 2005 11:07 AM

How good can he be? So he's steamrolling Nancy Pelosi. Big deal...

I kid. It's so good to be us right now...

Posted by: b at July 1, 2005 11:07 AM

He is far and away the best Speaker of my lifetime. Newt was good, the Contract with America was brilliant, but Denny is extremely effective.

Posted by: pj at July 1, 2005 11:13 AM


Love him or hate him, you really shouldn't deny Tip O'Neill's ability to control the House in the Reagan years. I'll always hate him because, at the insistence of the Maryknolls, he tried to fight America's attempts at freeing Latin America from the Communists.

Hastert is a great Speaker and deserves credit for insuring that the trains run on time and that the real work gets done.

Posted by: bart at July 1, 2005 12:20 PM


He lost. Hastert wins.

Posted by: oj at July 1, 2005 12:34 PM