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'Why people don't trust government': Haley blasts House GOP's 'secret' earmark vote

Added 11-30-22 09:23:02pm EST - “EXCLUSIVE ?" Nikki Haley called a recent closed-door vote on earmark provisions by the House Republican conference "totally unacceptable" in an exclusive statement to the Washington Examiner.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “'Why people don’t trust government': Haley blasts House GOP's 'secret' earmark vote”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

EXCLUSIVE — Nikki Haley called a recent closed-door vote on earmark provisions by the House Republican conference "totally unacceptable" in an exclusive statement to the Washington Examiner.

“It is totally unacceptable that the House GOP voted in secret to keep earmarks. Every single member owes their constituents an explanation," the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said, slamming the vote. "This is why people don’t trust government.”

The conference voted 158-52 on Wednesday against an amendment proposed by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) that would have ended the rule allowing members to add earmark provisions to legislation, so long as they sufficiently provide a written record of the purpose and recipient. Because the vote was conducted in a closed-door setting, there is no public record of how members of the conference voted.

The 2022 fiscal omnibus spending bill boasted 4,975 earmarks, totaling $9.7 billion. Earmarks allow lawmakers to set aside funding in spending bills for specific community projects, often dubbed pet projects. Representatives in swing districts often use the provision to tout their ability to bring home funding to constituents. However, some Republican members have criticized the measure and advocated doing away with it to decrease federal spending.

The politician even made one final plea ahead of the conference's vote, to no avail. "Americans deserve better than politicians in Washington wasting billions of their hard-earned dollars on pork projects and special-interest giveaways," she tweeted.

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