Senator John McCain's latest bid to strip earmarks from spending bills failed today.
On a 63-32 vote, the Senate rejected a proposal to remove nearly 9,000 earmarks from the $410 billion spending bill to fund government operations through the end of September. The proposal would have also frozen spending at last year's levels.
Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, who also broke from the party on the stimulus package, were among the eight Republicans who voted against McCain.
McCain has criticized President Obama for what he says is going against his campaign pledge against earmarks -- what critics call pork-barrel projects.
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