March 11th, 2009
03:21 PM ET
11 years ago

President signs spending bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill, despite complaints that it is loaded with earmarks.


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Tina, NC

    Earmarks are the one issue that I agree with McCain on. To say that it's only 1% is ridiculous. 1% is still 4.1 billion. That may not be much to lawmakers but it's a heck of a lot to me.

    But, many of the Republicans going on about earmarks in the stimulus bill are the same ones who have earmarks in this one. Such hypocrites. All of them!

    March 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Dylan from Minneapolis

    People like to generalize and put everything into nice little caregories. President Obama said during his campaign that instead of chopping earmarks with an ax, like McCain said he would, he would use a scalpel and cut things that didn't work and keep things that did. If these "earmarks" are going to create jobs, I would consider that a good investment.

    March 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Adam in College

    If anyone actually listened to Obama during the campaign they would have realized he talks out of both sides of his mouth (not that McCain was any better). So much for "line by line" rhetoric... I can't wait to see him blame the straw men once this fails... and it will because the economic multiplier does not work, it never has. Take as much money as you can from the rich and you will discover that soon your boss cannot afford to keep you employed and you will become a serf to the government.

    March 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. dg

    Some of you people don't listen!! Obama explained that he did not agree with all the earmarks in this spending bill. He chose to sign it rather than delay everything. It costs money and takes alot of time to come up with a new budget. This is Bush's budget and 40% of the earmarks are for Republcans. I don't see why all you Republicans are raising cain over something that Bush and his Administration created. I think you all just want to cause trouble.

    March 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Signed behind closed doors, low key, as our Government spends the American people into servitude.

    March 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. AndyL

    Obama certainly deserves to have his picture on the dollar bill, he has spent more of them and faster than any other man in history. Fiscal responsabilty will not be what he will be remembered for.

    March 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Lisa, Saugus MA

    "John, nobody is denying that $18 billion is important. And, absolutely, we need earmark reform . And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."

    These are the words spoken directly from Obama to try and look good whle debating McCain.

    I can't believe that I voted for this type of "change".

    March 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Johnny Reb

    The dems whant us to be just like Europe, and this spending bill will help get us there. We will be taxed out the wazoo and have poor health care available to everyone. Oh boy! I can't wait.

    By the way... Don't call 9,000 earmarks "last years business." The pen in in Obama's hand today when he signed it. What a load. How stupid do you think we are.

    Thanks Obama!

    March 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Johnny Boy

    The dems whant us to be just like Europe, and this spending bill will help get us there. We will be taxed out the wazoo and have poor health care available to everyone. Oh boy! I can't wait.

    By the way... Don't call 9,000 earmarks "last years business." The pen in in Obama's hand today when he signed it. What a load. How stupid do you think we are.

    Thanks Obama!

    March 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Truth, had Carville said that after 9/11, then I can agree with your point. Before 9/11, the country was in a different frame of mind. Bush had stolen the election from Al Gore, and he was taking more vacations than work days on the job. After 9/11. it became so unpatriotic to say anything bad against Bush. The Dixie Chicks were almost destroyed just because they disagreed with him. Nobody's destroying Rush, he's still keeping his popularity in tact.

    Regarding signing the budget... ok, it's done, let's move on. There are bigger fish to fry than bickering over this. Obama knows this, McCain fixates on it... as do Fox News and the Republicans, who neglect to inform us, the earmarks are theirs as well. Obama doesn't have time to waste on these hypocrits, he has a country to save.

    March 11, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Mike

    Carlo....learn how government works before you make ignorant statements.

    Congress is responsible for allocating funds....they need to create the budget then send it to the President.

    Therefore...they didn't and there was nothing for Bush to sign.

    The more I read the ignorance on these posts...the more I realize how BO got elected.

    March 11, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    Obviously most of the folks complaining on this blog are republicans or independents. Bush and his party squandered trillions in surplus money on two wars and continued the failed policies of deregulation. Now they complain about trying to fix the problem. I'm not suprised!

    March 11, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Matthew

    What a hypocrite!

    March 11, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. mkevinf

    1.9% of the Omnibus Spending Bill is the totality of the earmarks. A lot of money dollar-wise, but certainly that percentage does not make the spending bill "loaded with earmarks".

    And is an earmark always "pork"?

    Looking at some earmarks, the media and other critics might want to ask some of the people in the areas that will benefit from earmarks, e.g., ask those in Iowa about the problem being downwind of pig farms. Wouldn't you want that controlled if you were getting hit with that smell on a regular basis?

    March 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. REW

    "Change we can believe in."

    Oh, wait. Never mind.

    March 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Griff............... on The Truth...

    It is not his money, why should he care..

    March 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Scott

    How is rushing to sign a spending bill filled with pork going to help the economy? Obama is already making excuses for signing it. So much for the promise of change.

    I fear Obamas presidency is a repeat of the Carter years!!

    March 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. T

    I agree with TRUTH

    March 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Terry

    Conservatives would rather rule a bankrupt nation than help govern a prosperous one. They want the Obama Presidency to fail, no matter how much Americans will suffer in the next four years. They will continue to oppose anything he does, criticize, block, stall, prevent, and take any cheap shot that occurs to them.

    Conservatism needs to disappear from the American political dialog. It is worthless. It offers nothing for the future.

    March 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Independent chicago man age 25

    In response to TRUTH's comment:

    Bush did fail!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Mel

    Oh for gods sakes people, why do so many of you simply and utterly refuse to look at the big picture? Obama needed to do this whether you like it or not. The government needs to continue to run until the end of the fiscal year and the new budget begins. Like it or not.

    March 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Randy from IA

    Gotta love change.

    March 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Kensing James, Florida

    Excellent Job, Mr. President. We the American people are with you and beside you 100%. These republicans who are criticising you are the very ones who inserted in those earmarks in the spending bill, in the first place. Do not forget that they have said, openly, that they want you to fail.

    March 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Mike Syracuse, NY

    And another campaign promise bites the dust. Obama, say anything then do the same old thing.

    March 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. B

    President Obama is such a liar.
    He's not even good at lying.
    Can't wait for the next big bill he throws at us. I'm sure Pelosi is working on it now. My one request is that Obama would at least read ONE of these bills he's signing.

    March 11, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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