Candidate Barack Obama promised to change how Washington works but the omnibus spending bill he just signed contained more than eight thousand earmarks. A look at how members of congress set aside money for projects in their districts and how the new administration hopes to reform the process.


  • Norman Ornstein resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and coauthor of "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track."
  • Rep. James P. Moran U.S. House of Representatives, Virgina
  • Cathy McMorris Rogers U.S. House of Representatives representing Washington's 5th Congressional District.
  • Melanie Sloan executive director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • Thomas Mann senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

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