12/11/2009

More earmarks from Congress

Obama: "And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely. But the fact is that eliminating earmarks alone is not a recipe for how we're going to get the middle class back on track." Now the new spending bill just passed by Congress has this.

Getting into the holiday spirit, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved a spending bill loaded with goodies for the folks back home.

Trails for Monterey Bay. An arts pavilion for Mississippi. Bus shelters for Bellflower.

In all, the bill contains 5,224 earmarks costing about $3.9 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group. . . .

The $447-billion bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled House with no Republican votes and moved to the Senate, combines six spending bills for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

The measure brings total earmarks in this year's spending bills to 7,577 at a cost of about $6 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. The Pentagon spending bill, the last of the annual appropriations bills, is expected to contain more earmarks than the omnibus bill, said Steve Ellis of the taxpayer group. . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

You have this tagged as Broken Promises and Obama Administration... The former may be true, depending on what the various congressmen claimed when they campaigned, but until President Obama signs the bills, he has the capability of saying "now wait a minute."

Not that I believe he will, but it's a bit premature yet.

12/11/2009 11:25 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Sorry, but unless President Obama is openly warning congress that he will veto the bill if the earmarks are included, he won't just turn around and veto it after everything has been passed. But not a peep has come from Obama on this issue. Obama's political party overwhelmingly controls congress, and he has no excuse for not being able to work with members of his own party.

12/12/2009 12:40 AM  

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