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For Friday, November 5, 2010

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 1:57 a.m. HST, Nov 5, 2010

Inouye sticks to guns on earmarks

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's support for earmarking federal spending has not changed despite President Barack Obama saying he is open to working on a moratorium on the practice.

During a post-election news conference yesterday, the Democratic president lamented not moving more quickly on curtailing earmarks. He said he could work on a moratorium like that proposed by Republican Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.

Asked to respond to Obama's comments, Inouye said in a statement yesterday that he still believes congressionally directed spending is an important part of Congress' constitutional duty.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee also says earmarks have been vital to the economic infrastructure of Hawaii and the rest of the nation.

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