03/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Reid And Top Democrats Brush Off Obama On Earmarks

Leading Democrats on Wednesday appeared to brush aside President Obama's suggestion that they sacrifice earmarks in the federal budget, arguing Congress knows better than "faceless bureaucrats" how to spend taxpayer money.

The pushback came just hours after the president, during his address to a joint session of Congress, implored lawmakers to help put the nation back on a path to fiscal health.

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