As per RG's post below, it's obvious you get your information from the Internet, and you believe what you read. The first bill, as tendered, had no pork at all. It was 3 pages long and basically annointed Paulson as the Bailout Czar, with complete authority over the money and almost zero accountability. It was a typical example of the style of governance that the Bush-Cheney White House espouses, i.e. executive orders bypassing the legislative process, The fact the the second bill, which in actuality was the third version of the bill,was/is the porked up and bloated bill we're living with now, and if you take the time to plow through it, then take the time to see who's responsible for the big pork items. There's plenty to blame on both sides, and it's indicative of what's wrong in Wshington, but between the bills, I'd still opt for one that was arrived at through the legislative process rather than an imperial edict issued by a White House that has tried it's best to circumvent Congress throughout the past 8 years.