[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/02/spending.earmarks/art.capitolday.gi.jpg caption="The Senate passed a $410 billion spending bill Tuesday evening."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A massive spending bill that funds the U.S. government for the rest of the budget year passed the Senate on Tuesday despite complaints about nearly $8 billion in what critics called "pork-barrel" projects.
Senators voted 62-35 to cut off debate on the $410 billion measure and passed it on a voice vote immediately afterward.
The omnibus spending bill includes more than 8,000 congressional "earmarks," which total almost $8 billion. The earmarks have caused critics to question President Barack Obama's pledge to end wasteful spending, but Obama administration officials say the bill is a holdover from the previous Congress.