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  • Who should pick road projects? MnDOT, lawmakers clash over ‘earmarks’

    05/02/2017 11:52:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | April 10, 2017 | David Montgomery
    As Minnesota leaders debate how much new money to put toward the state’s roads, they’re also fighting about a related issue: who should choose which roads get attention? Ordinarily, the Legislature appropriates money for roads and bridges, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation decides how to spend the money. But bills in the Legislature this year take a different path: they order the MnDOT to do specific road projects. It’s a process called “earmarking,” and it could spark a showdown over road funding between the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Behind the feud are bad feelings from some...
  • Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region (BARF)

    12/03/2016 1:04:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Altonna Mirror ^ | November 27, 2016 | Altoona Mirror editorial board
    Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told that once those projects were completed, work would begin on their roadway needs.But as the large-scale projects around Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie were completed, the promises that had been made to Blair County and other smaller-population areas, didn’t materialize because of alleged money shortages.The message seemed to be: “We’ll get to you sometime, but for...
  • House GOP Weighs Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks

    11/15/2016 10:31:20 AM PST · by bobk3 · 55 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 11/14/16 | Rob Bluey
    One week after Donald Trump won the presidency on a promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, House Republicans will vote on a proposal to bring back earmarks. The vote will take place Wednesday when House Republicans meet to adopt their rules for the next Congress. The House earmark ban dates to 2010 when the GOP won control of the chamber. Now, a trio of Republican lawmakers wants to return to the practice of earmarking, which became synonymous with government waste and pork-barrel spending during the GOP-controlled Congress of the early 2000s. Reps. John Culberson of Texas, Mike Rogers of...
  • Rep. Tom Rooney Wants to Bring Back Earmarks for Water Project

    11/17/2016 11:27:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Florida Rep. Tom Rooney wants to bring earmarks back to Washington – sort of – but House Speaker Paul Ryan has put up an obstacle named Donald Trump. The Republican has offered a proposal that would allow lawmakers to designate money for water projects under the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. “When I go home to my county commissioners, they say ‘Can you shore up the dike around Lake Okeechobee?’ I’m like, ‘no.’ I can write a letter and hope that they listen to me. Which, over at the Army Corps, they probably look at that letter...
  • Ryan: No, House Republicans, you can’t bring back earmarks

    11/17/2016 11:15:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/16 | Dan Calabrese
    At least not now I wonder if the return of unified Republican government means we’re going to start re-running all the same arguments we had a decade ago. If Valerie Plame comes out of the woodwork I’m really going to be irritated. But we’re talking about earmarks again, if only because House Republicans seem to miss the little buggers an awful lot, and maybe they figured now that they have all the power again, it’s time to go back to shoveling piles of federal money into their districts like they did in the good old days. Good for them, that...
  • Reid Proudly Declares Himself King of Earmarks: 'I Boast About Earmarks'

    11/17/2016 10:14:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 17, 2016 | 5:34 AM EST | Susan Jones
    On a day when “concerned” Senate Democrats met behind closed doors to look for a “path forward,” as Sen. Harry Reid described it, Reid told reporters, “I’m one of the kings of earmarks.” The retiring Senate Minority Leader said he’s “never apologized to anybody” for his attitude toward taxpayer money that lawmakers direct to be spent on pet projects back home. “I go home and I boast about earmarks. And that’s what everyone should do,” Reid said. …
  • Ryan stops vote on bringing back earmarks

    11/16/2016 1:51:09 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/16 | Megan R. Wilson
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday persuaded GOP lawmakers to postpone a vote on a measure to bring back legislative earmarks. "Based on the comments by members, it was likely that an earmark amendment would have passed," a GOP source in the room told The Hill. "Ultimately, the speaker stepped in and urged that we not make this decision today.” "We just had a 'drain the swamp' election," Ryan said in a private meeting of the House Republican conference, according to CNN. "Let's not just turn around and bring back earmarks two weeks later."
  • Majority of Americans Support Congressional Earmark Ban, Poll Shows

    06/10/2016 5:36:56 AM PDT · by milton23 · 5 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/9/2016 | Andrew Egger
    A majority of Americans continue to support the congressional ban on earmarks instituted by former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, a new Economist Group/YouGov poll shows. The ban was supported by 63 percent of those polled, while 12 percent disapproved of the ban and 26 percent were not sure whether they approved or disapproved of it. On principle, only 17 percent of respondents approved of the practice of earmarks and 59 percent said it is unacceptable.
  • Congress Still Wasting Taxpayers' Money

    04/14/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    As the tax deadline approaches it's once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money. Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind. How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It disappeared almost as fast as a gold coin in a magician's hands. Of course, they are not calling these new and improved earmarks earmarks. They call them something else, so they can claim they are keeping their promise. Is it any wonder this political season is characterized by voter anger? Just in...
  • Ogundu Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison; NLPC Exposed Earmarks to Fake NYC Health Clinic

    02/10/2016 10:35:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 10, 2016 | NLPC Staff
    New York physician Dorothy Ogundu has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for ripping off City, State and federal programs for a fake health clinic. The Nigerian-born Ogundu was convicted in October on 29 counts, including second-degree grand larceny, forgery in the second degree, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. The prosecution was based on information uncovered by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), and made public through a New York Post article in April 2012. The Ogundu exposé was a spinoff of our investigation of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who secured a...
  • NASA wastes $350 million

    12/21/2014 8:06:55 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 | unknown
    NASA has just finished building a $350 million test facility in Gulfsport, La., despite the program it was designed for having been canceled nearly four years ago.
  • Omnibus Bill Includes Giant Political Earmark

    12/10/2014 1:23:35 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    senateconservatives.com ^ | 12/10/14 | Ken Cuccinelli
    Fellow Conservative: The text of the 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill was released yesterday after House and Senate leaders wrote it behind closed doors. Instead of fighting for a provision that defunds the president's unlawful amnesty, Republican leaders fought for other riders. For example, they airdropped a political earmark into the bill that increases the amount the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) can collect from individual donors from $32,400 per year to $324,000 – a tenfold increase. Since the NRSC takes sides in primaries, the new donation limit will help the DC establishment do more to support liberal incumbents....
  • 1.1 Trillion Omnibus GOP Bill Includes Giant Political Earmark For Establishment GOP

    12/10/2014 10:19:16 AM PST · by INVAR · 73 replies
    Senate Conservatives Action ^ | 12-10-14 | Ken Cuccinelli II
    The text of the 1,603-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill was released yesterday after House and Senate leaders wrote it behind closed doors. Instead of fighting for a provision that defunds the president's unlawful amnesty, Republican leaders fought for other riders. For example, they airdropped a political earmark into the bill that increases the amount the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) can collect from individual donors from $32,400 per year to $324,000 – a tenfold increase. Since the NRSC takes sides in primaries, the new donation limit will help the DC establishment do more to support liberal incumbents. RINOIt's an...
  • CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November Porker of the Month

    11/28/2014 8:09:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Citizens Against Government Waste ^ | November 2014 | Citizens Against Government Waste
    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) its November Porker of the Month for his second unsuccessful attempt to convince his fellow Republican lawmakers that it would be a good idea to restore earmarks. During a closed-door meeting on November 14, 2014, by a vote of 145-67, House Republicans rebuffed Rep. Roger’s effort to earmark projects for “state, locality, public utility or other public entities.” Rep. Rogers was also named CAGW’s Porker of the Month in April 2012, after his first failed attempt to end the earmark ban on March 30, 2012. Rep....
  • Why Reid Is Wrong to Try to Bring Back Earmarks

    06/27/2014 7:12:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 27, 2014 | Michael Sargeant
    With the momentum of the appropriations process stalled in the Senate, Sen. Harry Reid is trying to bring back the grease that helps the legislative wheels roll: earmarks. It is no secret that the Senate Majority leader is a huge proponent of the specially-tailored spending provisions that have faced a moratorium in congress since 2011. “I have been a fan of earmarks since I got here the first day,” Reid proselytized in May, right as eager appropriators got off to the fastest start in recent history. But congressional appropriators’ optimism has faltered as lawmakers have failed to reconcile policy and...
  • HOUSE GOP MODERATES: EARMARKS ARE AWESOME, OBAMACARE HERE TO STAY

    04/08/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 8, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Two House GOP moderates—Reps. David Joyce (R-OH) and Mike Simpson (R-ID)—made comments this week that are sure to infuriate the House GOP conference. In an interview published on YouTube as part of a series called “Solon Speaks” in Solon, Ohio, hosted by Terry Dean, Joyce said Obamacare is the law of the land—and here to stay: "The Affordable Care Act, like it or not, is the law of the land. The Supreme Court passed it. Now we’re struggling to implement what is the law of the land. In the last Congress, they put up 23 odd bills that tried to...
  • Not News: Wasserman Schultz and Moran Whine About Staff Budget Cuts;

    03/24/2013 3:28:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 24, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    As hard as the establishment press has worked over the years to make certain politicians appear to be somehow out of touch with the situation of average Americans, you might think that two legislative leaders complaining about cuts in their Congressional offices' allowance might be news. One whined that her aides, some of whom "earn" in excess of $100,000 per year, are being "priced out" of a good lunch on Capitol Hill. Don't be silly. The press only cares about making Republicans and conservatives appear out of touch. The complainers in question are Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also...
  • Airfields of Dreams

    11/29/2012 9:00:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steve Malanga
    This article was adapted from the Autumn 2012 issue of City Journal. Despite a bleak decade for air travel—the result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the post-2008 economic downturn—local governments, aided by Washington, have been pouring billions of dollars into airport development and expansion. They claim that these expensive, debt-laden facilities will spur growth in economically precarious locales by attracting businesses that want more air connections. But from Cincinnati to the Florida Panhandle, this Field of Dreams approach—build it, and they will come—hasn’t worked. In 1978, Washington transformed America’s airline industry, deregulating fares, routes, and the entry of new...
  • WOLF REJECTS REPROGRAMMING REQUEST TO FUNDTHOMSON PRISON EARMARK, BLASTS HOLDER ON RECORD

    07/29/2012 2:11:39 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 25 replies
    Representative Wolf, US Congress ^ | July 29, 2012 | SeekTheTruth
    WOLF REJECTS REPROGRAMMING REQUEST TO FUND THOMSON PRISON EARMARK, BLASTS HOLDER ON RECORD Letter to Holder Cites Examples of Inconsistency and Unlawful Practices Within DOJ Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2012) – Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, today “unequivocally” rejected a reprogramming request to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., long designated by the Obama administration to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. The Obama Administration last night made the formal request to the chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees that fund the Justice Department. In rejecting the request, Wolf, in a letter...
  • EARMARKS

    07/28/2012 10:10:04 PM PDT · by AMP1
    AmpersanArchist.com ^ | 2012-05-19 | AmpersanArchist1
    EARMARKS $129,859,196,359 This is a short outline describing only one method, only one very small portion of the vast Federal Budget, that elected officials use, with impunity, to TRANSFER WEALTH from hard working citizens, like you, to UNDESERVING PATRONAGE GROUPS. Or, to put it in other terms, they STEAL your money and BUY LOYALTY and VOTES so they can stay in office and power. Or to put it yet another way, THEY APPROPRIATE THE MONEY YOU WORKED YOUR ASS OFF TO EARN AND RE-DISTRIBUTE IT IN A MORE “FAIR” WAY. Don’t forget they are SMARTER than you and know how...