Will Obama Veto 5,000 Earmarks?

Before the inauguration, incoming administration officials would point to the February-March debate about extending the omnibus funding bill Congress used to keep the government running as a key test of the President's commitment to fiscal discipline.  The $410 billion omnibus continuing resolution isn't his bill; its 5,000 earmarks weren't added under his watch. But now, the money goes through only with his signature.  With everything else going on, it's  not likely that the White House will fight Congress over the omnibus. But it's worth noting that, at one point, that option was on the table. BTW: terms confuse. The money I'm writing about is for 2009, unless Obama wants to re-open the budget. This week, he's proposing an outline for 2010 spending.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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