While slightly down, earmark spending is still well above the levels deemed acceptable by Obama, according to an analysis by USA Today. "The Senate included $12.6 billion for earmarks in the 12 annual spending bills for 2010, while the House versions contain $9.1 billion, the analysis shows. That's down 9% in the Senate and 13% in the House, compared to the Senate and House bills in 2008 — the last time that Congress enacted separate spending bills." One of Obama's campaign pledges was to return earmarks to "less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994, when Republicans took control of Congress."
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