President Obama on Wednesday signed a $410 billion spending bill to keep the government running through the end of the year, despite complaints that the package was filled with thousands of earmarks.
The president earlier defended the need for what he called an “imperfect” bill passed by Congress, but at the same time announced new reforms he said would prevent wasteful earmarks in the future.
The president did not make any pledge to eliminate earmarks or reduce them. Rather, he and House Democrats announced new reforms to subject them to greater scrutiny and transparency.
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