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Temporary spending bill ends Hawaii earmarks

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:32 a.m. HST, Dec 22, 2010

A temporary spending bill for the current fiscal year will discontinue all earmarked funding for projects sponsored by members of Congress, including Hawaii's delegation.

The continuing resolution that was passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to the House Tuesday will keep spending at current levels through March 4, almost six months into the 2011 fiscal year.

Peter Boylan, a spokesman for Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, says allocations for earmarked projects last only one year.

He says all such projects that were financed through earmarks during the 2010 federal fiscal year that ended September 30 won't receive similar funding over the next three months.

Boylan says those programs will be forced to seek alternate sources of funding.

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