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AP - President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that reforming massive government entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare would be "a central part" of his effort to control federal spending.




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From Peanut Research to Pig Waste, Pork-Laden Spending Bill Called a ‘Monstrosity’
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 – Senate Republicans gave notice Tuesday evening of their intention to force a reading of all 1,924 pages of a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill laden with more than 6,000 earmarks, a development anti-pork critics described as “shameful” and “outrageous.”
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In a stinging speech on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain listed some of earmarks incorporated into a bill which he said had been “written by a handful of senators who happen to be members of the Appropriations Committee.” The bill reached his office just after noon on Tuesday. Totaling nearly $8.3 billion, he said, the earmarks include $349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina; $413,000 for peanut research in Alabama; $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada; and $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii. Among many other destinations, funds also are directed to potato pest management in Wisconsin, maple syrup research in Vermont, and virus-free wine grapes in Washington state.

McCain said Senate Democrats had clearly not learned the lesson of the midterm election. “The American people couldn’t have been more clear,” he said. “They’re tired of the wasteful spending, they’re tired of big government, they’re tired of sweetheart deals for special interest, and they’re tired of business as usual in Washington.” “And they certainly are tired of massive bills just like this one – put together behind closed doors and rammed through the Congress at the last minute so that no-one has the opportunity to read them and no-one really knows what kind of waste is in them,” he added.

McCain said if Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid insisting to moving ahead with “this monstrosity,” Republicans would ensure that Americans are made aware of what it contains. “I’ll be joined by many of my colleagues on this side of the aisle to ensure that every single word of this bill is read aloud here on the Senate floor.” He urged Democrats to “rethink their strategy” – to drop the spending bill designed to fund the government through 2011 in favor of a continuing resolution that will keep the government operating for 45 days, enabling the next Congress to take up the matter in the new year.

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Conservatives Join Liberals in Attacking Compromise Tax Plan
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Washington - A growing chorus of conservative criticism is prompting some House members to rethink the $850 billion package of tax cuts and extended jobless benefits that President Barack Obama negotiated with top Republicans in Congress.
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The attacks are unlikely to derail the measure, which gets a final vote Wednesday in the Senate, to be followed by a debate and vote in the House. But they underscore the difficulty of building centrist coalitions after an election in which tea party conservatives ousted many Democrats and some veteran Republicans who were seen as too willing to compromise with opponents. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and the Tea Party Patriots have denounced the tax plan, which previously was criticized mainly by liberals as a giveaway to the wealthy. The new reproach from conservatives is that the package would swell the federal debt while failing to make permanent the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 by then-President George W. Bush.

Congressional insiders still predict the tax plan will pass in some form before Jan. 1, when almost every American's income tax rates would go up if a new law isn't in place. But House passage this week seems a bit less certain than before, and Obama's supporters are watching anxiously to see how many opponents on the right will join those on the left. "The longer we wait, the harder it's going to be," said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who is leaning against the package. He said House leaders probably are close to assembling enough support to pass it, but many GOP lawmakers are hearing from constituents who follow commentators such as Limbaugh.

The radio talk show host says the package should cut taxes, not leave them at the Bush-era levels. The group Tea Party Patriots also urges the tax package's defeat. The legislation was crafted in secret, the group's petition says, and it fails to kill the estate tax, a goal of many hard-right groups.

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