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Both Begich and Murkowski decry earmark ban
Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 1, 2011 | Erika Bolstad

Posted on 02/02/2011 9:43:14 AM PST by Species8472

Both of Alaska's senators said Tuesday they were disappointed the top Senate appropriator was calling for a moratorium on earmarking, the practice that has directed billions of dollars in federal spending to Alaska.

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski both said they agree there's a need to cut federal spending, but neither thinks an end to earmarks is the way to do it.

"I have said many times before, Alaska is a young state with many needs, and we deserve our fair share of federal funding to develop our resources and our infrastructure," Begich said.

Murkowksi, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said she believes it's up to Congress to determine spending. By leaving the executive branch to determine such appropriations, they're ceding power to the White House, she said.

"We are in essence abdicating our constitutional duties, giving cabinet departments and federal agencies the sole power, authority and ability to target and spend taxpayers’ money," she said.

The delegation landed $227 million in earmarks in 2009, compared to $87 million in 2010, according to the nonpartisan budget watchdogs at Taxpayers for Common Sense. Alaska went from No. 1 per capita to No. 6.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; earmarks; sellout
I expect this from Begich. Lisa sold out to the Bush Alaska welfare state and now owes them big time. I can't wait for it all to come crashing down around her when she can't deliver!
1 posted on 02/02/2011 9:43:19 AM PST by Species8472
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To: Species8472

roflol. may the earmark ban bite deep into her power.


2 posted on 02/02/2011 9:44:32 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Species8472

It must be so embarassing that a state that prides itself on being so “independent” has its entire congressional delegation trolling for more money from the other 49 states.


3 posted on 02/02/2011 9:45:29 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Species8472

Too bad for Alaska. Maybe now they can use some of the oil revenue and negative state income taxes to pay for it themselves.


4 posted on 02/02/2011 9:46:02 AM PST by pelican001
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To: Species8472
So the nation needs to buy the whole jar of Ovaltine just so Alaska can get the decoder ring?
5 posted on 02/02/2011 9:47:27 AM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: Species8472
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Does she represent the Republican Party ?

Perhaps I'm wrong, but I think not !


6 posted on 02/02/2011 9:48:37 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
Does she represent the Republican Party ?

Like the Westboro Baptist Church represents Baptists. It seems that anybody can call themselves anything they like.

I'm a billionaire by the way.

7 posted on 02/02/2011 9:51:26 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Yeah, didn’t she runned as an INDEPENDENT after the Republican primary voters kicked her to the curb! I can’t wait to watch this witch lose is 2016. Even if she pulls out the primary, not a chance in heck she wins in the general. Atleast 1/2 of the Republican party will vote for her under no circumstances, and the Democrats who crossed over to save her in 2010 will vote for the Rat candidate in 2016.


8 posted on 02/02/2011 9:52:11 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Species8472

(we deserve our fair share of federal funding to )
HEY ASSCLOWN..
The Federal Government HAS NO MONEY. It is almost 15 TRILLION dollars in DEBT!
Every cent you get from the Federal Government comes from a taxpaying citizen in the other 49 States.


9 posted on 02/02/2011 9:54:07 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Species8472

What about all the oil royalties that are given to every person in Alaska for doing nothing. Take that money which is basically welfare and put it towards your needs. Done.


10 posted on 02/02/2011 9:56:21 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Species8472
"I have said many times before, Alaska is a young state with many needs, and we deserve our fair share of federal funding ...

You're right - you do deserve your fair share of federal funding.

Your fair share of federal funding is the same as every other state's fair share of federal funding - "NOT ONE RED CENT".

11 posted on 02/02/2011 10:01:21 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Species8472

Murkowski is on record saying the American people don’t care how much congress spends, only how they spend the money.


12 posted on 02/02/2011 10:06:07 AM PST by Huflucks
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To: Species8472
How will Alaskans get to nowhere if they can't have federal (i.e. MY!) money to build a bridge there.
13 posted on 02/02/2011 10:09:50 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: Species8472
Elections in Alaska should change markedly in the future..
BOTH Senators are trash...
14 posted on 02/02/2011 10:21:28 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Huflucks

Murkowski is on record saying the American people don’t care how much congress spends, only how they spend the money.

Thank you Alaskans for writing in mispelled votes to get this pathetic piece reelected.


15 posted on 02/02/2011 10:35:51 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Huflucks

Murkowski is on record saying the American people don’t care how much congress spends, only how they spend the money.

Thank you Alaskans for writing in mispelled votes to get this pathetic piece reelected.


16 posted on 02/02/2011 10:35:59 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Species8472
She's lucky he is nor current, nor doing politics, (here is an older picture), I am sure this comedian would have a few choice words for her....


17 posted on 02/02/2011 11:01:00 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Species8472

Psst! Drill and sell your oil.

You won’t need federal subsidy.


18 posted on 02/02/2011 11:07:28 AM PST by Adder (Part 1 Accomplished)
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To: Species8472
we deserve our fair share of federal funding

That, in a nutshell, is the attitude of way too many Americans. Sure, cut spending, but give me my "fair share." That is why we were in the crisis we are in. If a majority of voters actually wanted deep spending cuts, Begich, Murkowski and pretty much every other Senator would vote for them. But the majority of voters don't really want cuts. They want their "fair share," which means keep the spending spigot open for ME.

19 posted on 02/02/2011 11:13:10 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: Species8472

“I have said many times before, Alaska is a young state with many needs, and we deserve our fair share of federal funding to develop our resources and our infrastructure,” Begich said.

One of those needs is a coupla conservative Senators.


20 posted on 02/02/2011 12:11:57 PM PST by corvus
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To: Species8472

She is truely a dim bulb and third-rater all around. What a shame it is that a capable guy like Miller loses to this idiot.


21 posted on 02/02/2011 12:57:08 PM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: Species8472

How else will Princess Lisa buy her votes?


22 posted on 02/02/2011 1:33:08 PM PST by mockingbyrd (We remembered in November.)
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To: Bitsy
Thank you Alaskans for writing in mispelled votes to get this pathetic piece reelected.

This Alaskan didn't vote for either one of those two POSs, thank you.

23 posted on 02/02/2011 7:10:59 PM PST by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: Bitsy
"Thank you Alaskans for writing in mispelled votes to get this pathetic piece reelected."

Please don't blame the average voters in Alaska. We voted her out in the primaries, and she conceded. Then her daddy got into the act and called his union buddies, his crooked cronies in the Native associations, and all the democrats. They are the ones who voted for that miserable ginch, not the average voters. The election was stolen by the Murkowski machine.

24 posted on 02/02/2011 9:18:58 PM PST by redhead ("I think I'm the best fish filleter in the whole third grade." --Piper Palin)
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To: redhead
The election was stolen by the Murkowski machine.

I was all inclusive in my remarks. Sorry, Of course, you are right. It happens in Louisiana all the time i.e. Mary Landrieu - we have been trying to get her out or years. Hopefully this next election will be the charm. I hope Alaskans will let Murkowski know she is living on borrowed time. Be prepared next time for the slug invasion that will surely happen. I would be embarrassed to know that I had to get my daddy to win an election for me and that I would not win on my own merits. But, it is all about power and ego both combined, equal a big fat loser.

25 posted on 02/03/2011 6:00:10 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: GATOR NAVY

This Alaskan didn’t vote for either one of those two POSs, thank you.

Good for you. Better luck next time. We have the same problem getting rid of Mary Landrieu in Louisiana so, I understand your pain.


26 posted on 02/03/2011 6:01:53 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: pnh102

To be fair, Alaska has major issues that most states don’t have due to it’s location, size and limited population.


27 posted on 02/03/2011 11:50:50 AM PST by proudpapa
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