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Obama Will Sign Spending Bill Despite Earmarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Administration officials say President Barack
Obama will sign a budget bill stuffed with money for lawmakers' pet
projects, despite a campaign pledge against congressional earmarks.
Administration budget chief Peter Orszag told ABC's "This
Week" the White House wants to get the $410 billion spending bill
done and "just move on." He says the administration is working to
"make sure that earmarks are reduced and they're also
transparent."
On CBS' "Face the Nation," White House chief of staff Rahm
Emanuel called the bill "last year's business."
The House last week passed the measure to keep the government
running through Sept. 30, when the federal budget year ends.
Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, identified almost
8,600 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion; Democrats say the number is
$3.8 billion.


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