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Asked if he favored suspending earmarks to offset Katrina funding, Sen. Trent Lott (R.-Miss.) said: ?¢â??¬???Look, I?¢â??¬â??¢m for earmarks. You know why I?¢â??¬â??¢m for earmarks? Because OMB [Office of Management and Budget], first of all. They?¢â??¬â??¢re not know-it-alls and be-alls. I know more about the road system in Mississippi than anybody at OMB, or frankly, the Department of Transportation. So, when they don?¢â??¬â??¢t provide funds to the four-lane Highway 49 from Florence, Miss., to Jackson, Miss., I?¢â??¬â??¢m going to do that. Because they had not done it. I mean, that is the way the system works. We are co-equal branches. I also know that the OMB has always under-funded projects that they know we?¢â??¬â??¢re going to add money back to. Because in the end they know we?¢â??¬â??¢ll get the money, and secondly, their budget looks better because it didn?¢â??¬â??¢t fund something they know we are going to fund. So, they get to smack us, and they get the credit.?¢â??¬ 

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