Sunday, March 28, 2021

U.S. House Democrats Propose 4,350 Earmarks A Year Costing $13 Billion; House Republicans Vote To Support Earmarks, and related stories

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U.S. House Democrats Propose 4,350 Earmarks A Year Costing $13 Billion:
Congressional earmarks are back. The Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives will allow up to $13 billion in earmarks on House appropriations bills, 10 per member, for a total of up to 4,350 earmarks for fiscal year 2022.
House Republicans released a statement arguing that earmarks are a pathway to congressional corruption. One member of the caucus, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), argued that earmarks are “little more than legislative bribery.”
The late Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) frequently called earmarks “the gateway drug” to corruption and overspending, and spearheaded the 2011 ban.
Even President Barack Obama, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, said he would veto any bill containing earmarks, saying “… the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it. I will veto it.”
At the height of earmarking in 2005, Congress passed 15,000 Congressional earmarks, at a cost of $29 billion, according to The Heritage Foundation. And from the earmark largess flowed corruption, convictions, and waste.
One notorious 2005 earmark, Sen. Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” cost an estimated $80 million to connect Ketchikan, Alaska, with Gravina Island, home to 50 people. --->READ MORE HERE
House Republicans vote to support earmarks:
House Republicans passed a resolution during their conference meeting on Wednesday in support of restoring earmarks.
The House GOP's 102-84 vote comes as Democrats gear up to revive the practice, which allows members to secure federal funding for specific projects.
Republicans in the lower chamber stopped the practice in 2011, citing a number of controversies stemming from earmarks including the so-called Bridge to Nowhere and the Jack Abramoff scandal.
The effort to support their restoration with a number of reforms — including a requirement that they must be publicly disclosed with written justification and members can't have a financial interest — was led by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Earmarks Are the GOP’s Bridge to Nowhere

Rep. Chip Roy Leads Charge Against Reinstatement of Congressional Earmarks

GOP's sudden embrace of earmarks is worrisome

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