President Urges Congress To Reform Spending Earmarks

03.11.09 | FL News Team

President Obama is urging Congress to reform spending earmarks. In a White House statement, Mr. Obama said some earmarks are good but some are vehicles for waste and fraud. The President said it's important to bring more "responsibility and accountability" to the federal government.

Obama will soon sign a 410-billion-dollar catch-all spending bill that funds the federal government through September. Obama called the so-called "omnibus" imperfect, but necessary to keep the government running.

However, Senator John McCain told Fox News that if the president truly wants to reform earmarks, that he should veto the spending bill and send it back to Congress to have the earmarks removed. Mr. McCain also said every earmark should first be authorized by Congressional committees.