Pelosi: House Will Pass Budget With or Without GOP Support

Posted March 25, 2009 at 2:27pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she hopes Republicans will join with Democrats in passing the budget — but if they don’t, it will pass anyway.

“I hope that the bill will pass with some bipartisan support, but I know the bill will pass as a strong statement of national values, and we are content to deliver, for the president, in the House,— Pelosi said before heading into a lunch with Vice President Joe Biden.

Despite some differences of opinion between Hill Democrats and the White House over levels of spending for the next fiscal year, Biden said he is “very confident— that Congress will send the president a budget that keeps all of his key priorities intact.

Biden said he expects Congress to pass a budget that is “totally consistent with and reflective of all we’ve asked for in the budget we submitted to the Congress.—