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Senate OKs $410B Spending Bill

The good news: The Senate has given its final approval to a $410 billion omnibus spending bill to fund most of the federal government through 2009. The bad news (for some people): The legislation’s still laden with pork. The final bill—which was approved on a voice vote after 62 senators voted to cut off debate, overcoming strong Republican opposition and a few Democratic defections—includes thousands of earmarks inserted by members of both parties. The president is expected to sign the bill, though he’s said he has misgivings about the earmarks and will make an announcement about reforming the practice on Wednesday morning.

March 10, 2009 6:49 PM