"After meeting with Mr. Obama, Sen. Collins expressed concern about a number of spending provisions, including $780 million for pandemic-flu preparedness."
Senator Collins succeeded in having this horrible example of unnecessary Democratic pork removed from the budget.
Our Republican party, looking after your interests in their traditional manner.
In related news, the NYT reports that Wall Street compensation is returning to 2007 levels.
Update: From The Nation:
"George Bush's political manipulator (that would be Karl Rove, for those of you who didn't figure that out) dismissed Obey's proposals as "disturbing" and "laden with new spending programs." He said the congressman was peddling a plan based on "deeply flawed assumptions."
Rove specifically complained that Obey's proposal included "$462 million for the Centers for Disease Control, and $900 million for pandemic flu preparations."