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Feingold teams with McCain on anti-pork measure

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Get ready for another McCain-Feingold shake-up.

The senators who brought you federal campaign reform now have a plan to attack pork barrel spending.

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Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced a bill that makes it tougher for lawmakers to quietly add their pet projects to spending bills.

This comes amid concerns that President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus package will include wasteful projects - projects sought by House and Senate members that wouldn't do a thing to boost the economy.

Obama has vowed to keep pork out of the stimulus plan and Feingold and McCain say their plan would guarantee it.

If the two senators get their way, the final versions of spending bills would be released online so the public can judge the add-ons for themselves before Congress votes on them.

Also, groups that get federal funds would have to say how much they spend on lobbyists.

House Appropriations Committee chairman U.S. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., of Wausau says he won't bring a bill to the House floor if it has earmarks.

But Feingold and McCain said Congress just recently approved add-ons for things like the Lobster Institute in Maine, a Mother's Day shrine in West Virginia, and fruit fly research in France.

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