Senate to Vote on Earmark-Filled Defense Bill

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The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the defense spending bill. However, the bill is full of billions of dollars for programs that the Pentagon does not want.

The measure would force the Pentagon to buy another 10 C-17s at a cost of $2.5 billion.

Even the Secretary of Defense believes there's no need for more of the planes.

"The secretary believes we have enough lift as is," said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell. "We don't need more C-17s."

"Lawmakers who have parochial interests and jobs in their districts are saying we are going to make DOD into a jobs program," said Taxpayers for Common Sense's Steve Ellis. "We are going to put billions of dollars into these areas that the Pentagon doesn't need."

The defense bill also includes an additional $4.2 billion on more than 1,700 earmarks.

President Obama says he doesn't have a choice but to sign the bill.

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