The American people said just 42 days ago, 'Enough!' . . . Are we tone deaf? Are we stricken with amnesia? Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Don't confuse the tax compromise with this bill to fund the government through the end of the 2011 fiscal year. This puppy, the last of its kind, has 6,000 earmarks totaling $8 billion tucked in $1.2 trillion in spending.
Excerpted from Senators load spending bill with earmarks By Philip Rucker and Paul Kane, The Washington Post, Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Weeks after swearing off earmarks, many senators stand to gain tens of millions of dollars for pet projects in a massive spending bill that could be their last chance at the money before a more conservative Congress begins next month.Excerpted from Senate Dems unveil $1.1T spending bill By Alexander Bolton, The Hill, 12/14/10 01:52 PM ET
The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill Congress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a senior GOP aide familiar with the legislation.