Daily Archives: December 13, 2009

Obama promised No Earmarks (video) $4 billion included in spending bill (Update/signed)

“We’re gonna ban all earmarks”

What President Obama said in March 2009 regarding earmarks and pork barrel spending:

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Just weeks before returning to their districts for Christmas, Congress is poised to give the gift of pork–roughly $4 billion of it (One account says 12 billion).

More than 5,000 earmarks were included in the $447 billion omnibus spending bill passed yesterday by the House, funding “pet projects” of key members of Congress from both parties and all regions of the country. The Senate will vote on the bill this weekend. …..

…..Which they just passed on today (Sunday).

The Senate passed a huge end-of-the-year $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure Sunday afternoon by a vote of 57-35.

See Senator John McCain in his address before the Senate yesterday, reiterating some of the ridiculous projects and expenditures in this spending bill. 409 pages of earmarks.  Can anybody say this use of tax money is needed in a time when the unemployment rate is 10 percent?

McCain’s office highlighted a number of earmarks in the omnibus that he considered wasteful, including $600,000 for a water storage tower construction in Ada, Okla., which has about 16,000 residents $30,000 for the Woodstock Film Festival Youth Initiative; and $750,000 for the design and fabrication of exhibits in the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa.

And there are hundreds more just as frivolous.

WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA VETO THIS BILL?

See previous post from September, 2008.

Posted: 12.13.09

P. S. Update:  OF COURSE HE DID NOT VETO THE BILL.  SIGNED IT PRIVATELY….THAT SAYS IT ALL.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has signed into law a $1.1 trillion bill that increases the budgets in many areas of the government by about 10 percent, including health, law enforcement and veterans’ programs.

Obama signed the bill privately at the White House on Wednesday after receiving the bill from Congress on Sunday.

Updated:  12.17.09

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