December 23rd, 2008
12:47 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden: No earmarks in the Obama stimulus

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The VP-elect says there will be no earmarks in the economic recovery plan."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President-elect Joe Biden pledged Tuesday that there would be no earmarks in the stimulus plan that he and President-elect Barack Obama are proposing to jump-start the economy.

"It’s important for the American taxpayer to know that it’s not -– and I want emphasize this having served many years in the Senate –- this is not going to be politics as usual," Biden told reporters, after meeting with the transition team's economic advisers.

"...There will be - I will say it again - there will be no earmarks in this economic recovery plan. I know it’s Christmas. I know it’s the Christmas season. But President-elect Obama and I are absolutely determined that this economic recovery package will not become a Christmas tree," said Biden, who said the administration would "spend what we need to turn this economy around, and no more."

CNN reported over the weekend that Obama transition aides were hinting that no pork or earmarks would be in the package.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    Again, do whatever it takes to stop the economy from parking outside the gates of hell. This is a start.

    December 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. AJ

    What a load of crap. Biden and Obama are going to change nothing.

    December 23, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. J.P.

    How about NO STIMULUS, period? Let the market fix this problem... the government will only prolong the misery and intensify the pain.

    It's time to get real, "Barry's Kids"... FDR didn't bring this nation out of the Great Depression... Adolf Hitler did.

    Having "Birth Certificate Barry" channel the long-dead spirit of FDR and ride around in his wheelchair pushing the same proven-failures of socialism and warmed over FDR policies, will only lead to intense economic bloodletting, the likes of which we've never before seen and have no idea how handle.

    Who is John Galt?

    December 23, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. naqib

    He got enough of those as a Senator...

    December 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Betty the maid

    You know, I really really really hate that Wal Mart hill billy, Sarah Palin....She is a Bimbo and about as bright as a small appliance bulb...seriously. Her entire family belongs on Jerry Springer and I hope a moose gets made and attacks her...I really do.

    Merry Cristmas and Happy Hanukkah America

    Betty the maid

    December 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. dave g, Minneapolis

    Well, the entire package IS pork!! Just as the money vanished to the banks, wherever a new $700B goes, it will be pork. There will be another feeding frenzy and the money will vanish.

    Our politicians need to back off the economy. They can't fix it or stimulate it. Even the best economists in the world can't fix it. You just have to let it readjust. You can't make house prices higher, you can't make credit card bills lower...the government needs to stop letting people believe that it has this power.

    December 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Rob in NJ

    I'm sure he and Obama will make out just fine.....

    December 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Sure that's what Obama will propose but when it comes back from the house and senate there will be some in there. Unless Obama suddenly has line item veto power, which he doesn't, there will at least some pork in the bill.

    December 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. carol

    All the hater's of PE Obama and Biden are out in full force I see....nothing has been done that has any official standing yet and because Biden has said there will be no pork in this package they are condemning it already!!!!
    Will they never give this new administration a chance or are they so filled with resentment at losing the election nothing will ever quell their desire to see it fail even before it begins!!!!
    What a sorry bunch they are that they don't want to see this country flourish under a new President and one who actually is smart and knows what he's doing.

    December 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. JP

    Hey Betty the Maid....this article says nothing about SP and yet idiots like you keep talking about her. People like you are the reason she is still around in the media and being talked about. Keep it up.

    December 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Mari

    GOOD! Perhaps God will have mercy on our Nation.... even on those who continue to ....spew hate, lies, fear and division and will bless us with PROSPERITY ONCE MORE!

    For those of you who claim to be Christian, spewing hate and lies.... IS A SIN! STOP IT.



    December 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Matt

    GOP will insist on pork to get on board. They belong in political pampers.

    December 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Matthew, Houston, TX

    What's with the negativity, Moriarity? Goodness people, your ives must be such dark pits of dispare and your hatred level is overloading. Instead of just complaining or vilifying soemone else, especially when you don't have a clue, put that energy to something good. Hateful people really suck.

    December 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Boston Irish

    Betty the Maid, What does your post have to do with the article? Okay, we realize you hate Palin. Do you realize that lots of people in America shop at Wal-Mart. Are they all hillbillies? I'll bet you shop there to. Michelle Obama shops at Target and that's just a step or two above Wal-Mart, but still in the same neighborhood. Oh, why don't you do a little checking of your spelling before you post. Makes you look more ignorant than a hillbilly could ever be.

    December 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Matt

    @ J.P.

    Relying on free-market-in-a-vaccum idiological nonsense is what got us in this mess. PAY ATTENTION TO THE EVIDENCE. It's all right there in front of you. NO SUCH THING AS TRICKLE DOWN. No such thing as equillibrium between supply and demand when the actors on one side of the equation can exert far FAR more force than those on the other. If we hadn't listened to Reagan and his crazy crap, the wealth gap wouldn't have expanded exponentially and we wouldn't be here. But we are here and hoping that Rand was right and that greedy wall street bastards acting in their own self interests will somehow fix this fits Einstein's definition of insanity.

    December 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Your hatred and negative rantings filled with unproven and/or false innuendoe really aren't that welcome either, JP. Get an education, I've seen your rants more than once on here and it definitely shows either a lack of education or the inability to understand what you were taught.

    December 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Boston Irish

    Michael in Torrance, if Obama submits a completely porkless bill to Congress and they have to add things to it, he should just simply veto it and let everyone know why he vetoed it and what was added that is not important to the American economy. AND THEN NAME NAMES OF WHO ADDED WHAT, REGARDLESS OF THEIR PARTY. Maybe Congress will realize he means business and he is talking to them, not somebody else.

    December 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. FreeNLovIt

    To JP

    FDR did a lot for America. He brought confidence and he fed the hungry. This is not the 1930's anymore. We cant afford to sit under a tree, chewing hays with cows. There's no reason for America to be a third world country overnight. When you fall down, you need to pick yourself UP, not stay down. Today, science and technology offers us opportunities to change the world tomorrow. This is not the 1930's anymore. Use your God-given brain and GUTS!!!

    December 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. RICK

    you already gave enough for things so why give more, i'll believe it when i see it...

    December 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    Sure, the government cant fix everything, but it can help jumpstart!! Today is the 21st Century. You dont need WAR to fuel an economy. We had 8 years of war and it did nothing for us. It created a 5 trillion national debt. Today, INNOVATION is the key to jumpstarting an economy. The 90's didnt need WAR. It had the internet to fuel the demand. It had innovation. There is so many things to do and not enough time!!

    December 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. stormerF

    Betty the maid:...Of course you hate your to stupid to know the Subject matter has nothing to do with Sara Palin.
    Stimulus,for who? Where's the money comming from? The Government is not a job creator,the Businesses that thrive create jobs.Handing out money to create jobs on infrastructure is poop only a few construction outfits will get the work. Build a nuclear power plant that really puts people to work and some will have a life long job.A nuclear power plant in every state,reduces Carbon foot print and creates jobs that last.
    Betty What have you accomplished with your brilliant career?are you a governor?maybe you have a business?have you ever been on a city council? Or are you just a bed wetting liberal cry baby who's really afraid of a conservative that will refuse to be a socialist?

    December 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Tyler, Carrollton, Georgia

    I really don't think the government can 'fix' the economy. Like what has already been said, no one organization can fix it. The markets will readjust like they always do, provided politicians don't get in the way. The seem to think they need to be throwing money at banks and business, when they need to be throwing money at our national infrastructure, which hasn't been touched, really, since it was made into what it is today during the "Highway Act" under Eisenhower.

    December 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. John in Ohio

    I look forward to seeing the plan. Hoping for more green energy initiatives.

    December 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Anthony In Miami

    I can't believe how everyone is so negative. I guess he is doing something right. The article was about pork in a spending bill. And people find a way to be negative. People don't want change, they want talking points. He's done one of the best jobs in history making a transition in the White House and look at the comments! Hmmmm, let's see. I wonder why everyone keeps finding a way to be negative! These are the same people who threw Bill Clinton under a bus, but each and every one of them bought new houses or cars and said it had nothing to do with him. Never mind the fact that it was some of the best financial times we've had in half century! If this country never changes, it's because of people like the people on this post! Always whining about how things are! Looking to put something down! By the way, letting the markets run wild is what got us in this mess! It wasn't the government being included, it was the government being excluded! Greed is what got us in this mess! Cooking Books is what got us in this mess! People still billions and people like the people on this post want them to be leaders! A guy smokes a joint and he's the greatest criminal that ever lived! Our values and our minds are so screwed up in this country! And Please don't begin to tell me to leave this country! I stood the post! I stood in harm's way for this country for 9 years! CNN, if you want to begin to do something that similarly relates to news again, please stop being a breeding ground for hate!

    December 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Matt

    Ideology broke the free market. The relative power of the entities exerting the forces of supply and demand are insurmountably imbalanced. We can thank trickle-down Reaganomics and other economic theories-in-a-vacuum that ignored the empirical evidence when they only made things worse. The GOP's christ figure can be blamed for the exponential growth of the wealth gap in this country and the fundamental reason why supply and demand, if left alone, will not find equillibrium.

    When it comes to dollars: what goes up, don't come down.

    December 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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