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House GOP votes to keep congressional earmarks for pet projects

Added 11-30-22 04:43:02pm EST - “House Republican voted to allow lawmakers to insert earmarks into spending bill next Congress as part of an effort to allow the funding of pet initiatives.” - Foxnews.com

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Texas Rep. Kevin Brady responds to lawmakers' $6 billion pork barreling efforts and argues they're 'out of control'

House Republicans voted on Wednesday to maintain the practice of using congressional earmarks for pet projects when they take power in January.

GOP lawmakers debated the practice, which lets lawmakers insert funding for home-state initiatives into spending bills, during an internal meeting on Wednesday. Some conservative hardliners argued in favor of banning earmarks outright and said earmarks are synonymous with government corruption.

"Earmarks encourage corruption because they blur the line between the power to appropriate and the power to spend," said Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. "They undermine federalism by turning the federal budget into a grab bag for local pork projects."

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