Not that I am surprised at the result, but an estimated $32 billion in earmarks remain in the an omnibus appropriations bill. The bill, estimated at some $490 billion in spending comes on the heels of the roughly $800 billion "economic stimulus" bill passed recently and the $745 billion TARP bill and what ever other money has been spent willy-nilly.
I expect more Tea Parties and a groundswell of opposition and not just from conservatives. I think middle America is going to start screaming (in pain or terror) of the spending coming out of Washington.
Now, what will President Obama do? Will he veto the earmark laden bill? Probably not. After all, agenda is more important than fiscal discipline.