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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Obama Administraton Official: Earmarks Will Stay Until Next Year

Mar 8, 9:37 AM EDT
On earmarks, budget chief says wait till next year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When it comes to dealing with all those pet projects in the big spending bill before Congress, President Barack Obama's budget chief says wait till next year.

White House budget director Peter Orszag says the Obama administration isn't happy with the billions of dollars aimed at lawmakers' pet projects - also known as earmarks. Obama had campaigned on changing the way such money is appropriated by Congress.

Yet Orszag says Obama doesn't want to revisit the spending bill Congress put together before he was elected and wants to move on. Next year, according to Orszag, when Obama is fully involved in the next budget from the start, earmarks will be handled differently.

Obama's budget chief appeared Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." © 2009 The Associated Press.


My Thoughts

I guess they will have to wait until the Democrats pay off their base with all of the earmarks in the stimulus and 2009 spending bill. That is probably why they're sticking in so many the last two spending bills. They want to make sure they get enough money to last them the next few years. The Obama administration couldn't very well do it immediately right after he was inaugurated because they had to have time to pay off those that helped him get elected, and they have to be able get enough to pay for other Democrats campaigns for office.

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