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Trillion-Dollar Bill Packed With Earmarks Faces Vote

A 1,924-page “omnibus” bill to fund the government is headed for a U.S. Senate vote that will put lawmakers from both parties on the spot over the practice of earmarking money for their pet projects.

The $1.2 trillion measure, unveiled yesterday by Democrats, includes thousands of earmarks and comes just a month after Republicans adopted a nonbinding moratorium on the projects. The Senate’s Democratic majority aims to overcome objections with the help of Republicans such as Senators George Voinovich of Ohio and Bob Bennett of Utah, who scoff at complaints over the projects.