The last gasps of the 109th Congress.

“Republicans dumped an unfinished budget on the Democrats about to take power, with the Senate barely meeting a midnight deadline to pass a stopgap spending bill putting the government on autopilot until Feb. 15. Bush quickly signed the bill on Saturday. The failure to pass budget bills for domestic agencies, said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., amounted to ‘a blatant admission of abject failure by the most useless Congress in modern times.'”