Obama Vows Crackdown on Earmarks

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President Obama laid out his ideas, Wednesday, on how to better remove earmarks from government spending bills.

The talks come on the same day he signed a $410 billion government spending bill criticized for having too many of those pet projects.

Obama explained that he had no choice but to sign the bill which funds the government and was left over from last year's Congress.

"I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it is necessary for the ongoing functions of government," Obama said. "But I also view this as a departure point for more far-reaching change."

Click play for more on the debate surrounding so-called "pork" legislation with Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity.

The bill has drawn widespread criticism because it's said to have close to 8,000 earmarks in it. While on the campaign trail, Obama promised to clean up wasteful government spending.

"If my administration evaluates an earmark and determines that it has no legitimate public purpose, we will seek to eliminate it," he said Wednesday.

The president added that earmarks can be beneficial if done correctly. He also pledged to work with Congress to make the process more transparent.

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