By  on March 12, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a $410 billion spending package on Wednesday that boosts the budgets of nine federal agencies this fiscal year and supports a new Vietnam and China apparel import monitoring program.

Obama called the bill “imperfect” because it contains thousands of pet projects of lawmakers, known as earmarks, but he said it was necessary to keep the government running. Obama vowed to place restrictions on the pet projects in future legislation and laid out an outline for reform.

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