House Passes 1.1 Trillion With 5,000 Earmarks? Say it Ain't So

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    Congress passed a 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill. Has 5,000 in earmarks, what was Obama campaigning about earmarks?
    I guess it's "Same as it always was" type of politics. Where's the change?

    A $1.1 trillion spending bill laced with budget increases and more than 5,000 congressional pet projects passed the House on Thursday amid criticism from Republicans and watchdog groups.
    The package — which combines six annual spending bills into one — includes $447 billion in operating expenses, with an average increase of 10%, and more than $600 billion for Medicare and Medicaid.

    It was approved 221 to 202 and now moves to the Senate. No House Republicans voted for the bill, and 28 Democrats broke with their party to oppose it
    Earmarks 'robust' in House $1T spending bill - USATODAY.com
     
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    Change you can believe in doncha know.
     
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    With the economy in the state that it is, I just can't believe that Congress can't control themselves. It does speak volumes of how out of touch the DC crowd really is.
     
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    And no earmarks for Republicans in it?

    Just what is an earmark anyway? Considering the stimulus plan most anything in there can be considered an earmark.
     
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    I'm not going to do your homework for you, UScitizen. Look up the definition yourself, I've done it plenty of times. But, in the economical environment we're facing, with increases in debt...this ain't the time for earmarks. Also, Obama campaigned against earmarks stuck in bills like this. I guess Congress didn't get the message.
    No republicans voted for the bill, but if they had earmarks in it, they are no better than the democrats.
     
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    If anyone was wondering just how Nancy was able to pass her health care takeover bill, well now you know. And look...the addition of 600 billion to Medicare. Hmmm... Do they really think the public is so stupid that they won't understand that particular back door deal?
     
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    Excellent point, Vel. I'm starting to feel good about next years election, there will be some major changes going against the democrats, I believe.
     
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    Gotta agree Meister. The Dems are committing suicide with this Healthcare, Crap and Trade and the green agenda bs. I think they will be paying for it big time in the future.
     
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    You didn't address Obama's campaign promise.
    What ever happened to the "Hope and Change" jingle?


    Projects, known as earmarks, are inserted into annual budget bills at the request of members. Stephen Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense said his organization identified 5,224 earmarks in the bill worth about $3.9 billion.
    Earmarks 'robust' in House $1T spending bill - USATODAY.com

    3.9 billion is not chump change, BFGRN
     

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