Chat: What Should Obama Do About Pork? The $410 billion spending bill has faced tough criticism over the $8 billion it includes in earmarks. Ken Rudin and Peter Overby talk about what the bill includes and the political tussling it'll take to pass it.
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Chat: What Should Obama Do About Pork?

Join the dicussion at noon EDT Tuesday

Chat Participants

Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin, political editor

Peter Overby

Peter Overby, correspondent, power, money and influence

Reihan Salam

Reihan Salam, associate editor at The Atlantic and co-author of Grand New Party

The omnibus spending bill has become a political minefield. Its $8 billion in earmarks has brought on hearty criticism from the Republicans, especially from Sen. John McCain. The Obama administration has stayed on message: This is last year's business and the president wants to move on.

Already, the Democrats had to stall voting on the bill, but they warned that any further delay could shut down government. How will all this shake out? Is it politically risky for President Obama to let this bill pass, despite his campaign promises to do away with pork-barrel spending? How does this play for Republicans, who are responsible for 40 percent of the earmarks in the bill?

The chat is Tuesday at noon Eastern. If you have questions, now, leave them in the comments section.