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Democrats: This would be a great time to bring back pork barrel spending


Added 01-23-19 12:35:02pm EST - “Line up at the trough, boys!” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Democrats: This would be a great time to bring back pork barrel spending”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Here’s an unpleasant blast from the past that you probably thought we’d heard the last of. The old process of earmark spending – giving members of Congress specific budget allocations for pet projects back home – was finally done away with several years ago. The practice was often used to secure votes from members who might not otherwise have offered their support for various bits of legislation. These earmarks led to all manner of strange votes and curious project around the country with the bridge to nowhere being one of the most fabled ones.

But pork barrel spending may be experiencing a comeback. The new class of Democrats showing up for work in Washington are reportedly big fans of the idea and there are even some Republicans reconsidering the process. (The Hill)

With Democrats back in control of the House after eight years of Republican control, there is strong support for reviving earmarks — the power to direct money on pet projects — which caused a major scandal in Congress during the George W. Bush years.

Senate and House lawmakers from both parties predict there will be a serious push to bring back earmarks once the government shutdown is finally over — with one exception.

Earmarks is a dirty word, so if the specially allocated funds return, they will be referred to as “congressionally directed spending.”

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