Obama Signs 'Imperfect' Spending Bill Away From Cameras

"I will go through the entire federal budget, page by page, line by line, and eliminate programs that don't work and aren't needed," Obama said in Arlington, Va., in October.

Gibbs said earlier this week that the president will draw some clear lines in terms of earmark reforms "soon." Meanwhile, Obama's calls to Congress for more accountability are being met with skepticism by some.

"The reforms he proposed are already either there or meaningless," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, told ABC News. "Look, you've got to veto these bills to stop this practice."

Obama's former rival has blasted the president before for conducting "business as usual."

But Republicans' arguments against the earmarks in the bill were undercut by the fact that more than 40 percent of the earmarks were associated with GOP lawmakers, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., associated with more than $75 million in earmarks in the spending bill, including a nearly $1 million bike path.

The number one Senate earmarker, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, is Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., associated with more than $473 million in earmarks.

The administration says it will hold a summit Thursday on being responsible with taxpayer dollars.

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