Skip to comments.Despite earmark ban, lawmakers try to give money to hundreds of pet projects
Posted on 11/30/2011 2:12:52 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Members of the House and the Senate attempted to pack hundreds of special spending provisions into at least 10 bills in the summer and fall, less than a year after congressional leaders declared a moratorium on earmarks, congressional records show.
The moratorium, announced last November in the House and in February in the Senate, is a verbal commitment by the Republican leadership to prohibit lawmakers from directing federal funds to handpicked projects and groups in their districts. Lawmakers have tried to get around the moratorium by promising to allow other groups to compete for the funds. But the legislative language is so narrowly tailored that critics consider the practice to be earmarking by another name.
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As usual, a politician’s word isn’t worth crap.
It’s rigged in favor of the politicians. The Tea Party did not truly understand this and if they don’t follow up in 2012 the whole movement will simply be a flash in the pan of history.
Politicians are too used to two cycles. Elections, when the public pays attention, and governance, when they line their own pockets and go along to get along.
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