The $410 billion spending bill before the Senate includes 9,000 earmarks - funding for specific projects inserted into the bill by lawmakers, a longtime Washington practice.
Over the past few weeks, as political controversy rages over earmarks, some members of Congress have stepped forward to defend the process. That group includes Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, chairman of the appropriations committee, who tells CNN's Bob Costantini that "earmarks are not a dirty word."
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