Top aides to President Obama continue to dismiss criticism of a $410 billion spending bill -- laden with more than 8,500 pet projects -- as "last year's business."
Technically, it's true since the bill would finish out the current federal fiscal year, which started last Oct. 1.
But Senator John McCain, Obama's Republican presidential rival, is having none of it.
"That's insulting to the American people," McCain said on the Senate floor today as he blistered Obama for agreeing to sign the bill once it gets through the Senate.
McCain pointed out that Obama promised during their campaign to get rid of earmark spending as part of changing the culture of Washington. "So much for the promise of change," McCain sniffed, according to the Associated Press.
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