Today the Senate voted to keep earmarks that were under fire in the $410 Billion Spending Bill,Even after polls show these "Pet Projects" to be unpopular. Senator John McCain rallied to keep these earmarks out, along with 30 Republicans and 2 Democrats.
McCain claimed Congress and President Obama are "Conducting Business as Usual" while regular Americans are facing economic hardship. The White House says Obama will look over future bills with earmarks but will sign this legislation right away.
Some earmarks for the bill include $1.7 Million for Pig Odor Research, $2 Million to promote Astronomy. and earmarks for the PMA Group, currently being investigated by the FBI. Democrats refused to give a estimate number of pet projects in the bill.