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PoliCon
08-14-2009, 08:22 PM
By Walter Alarkon
Posted: 08/13/09 05:31 PM [ET]

The cost of earmarks increased this year despite lawmakers' claims they're working to reduce pork-barrel spending.

Earmarks, which are inserted in appropriations bills by members in order to fund specific projects, added up to $19.9 billion in 2009, according to an analysis by the Taxpayers for Common Sense and Center for Responsive Politics. Earmarks in 2008 spending bills were worth $18.3 billion.

Earmark critics have said that the practice increases pork-barrel spending and takes funds away from national priorities.

"At a minimum, earmarks granted to lawmakers' friends and supporters merit scrutiny and indicate potential conflicts of interest," said Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

But earmark defenders have argued that the practice is one way they can directly help their constituents. Earmarks accounted for 1.5 percent of the $1.3 trillion federal budget in 2009.

CONTINUED (http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pork-barrel-spending-increases-in-2009-2009-08-13.html)

Rockntractor
08-14-2009, 08:29 PM
By Walter Alarkon
Posted: 08/13/09 05:31 PM [ET]

The cost of earmarks increased this year despite lawmakers' claims they're working to reduce pork-barrel spending.

Earmarks, which are inserted in appropriations bills by members in order to fund specific projects, added up to $19.9 billion in 2009, according to an analysis by the Taxpayers for Common Sense and Center for Responsive Politics. Earmarks in 2008 spending bills were worth $18.3 billion.

Earmark critics have said that the practice increases pork-barrel spending and takes funds away from national priorities.

"At a minimum, earmarks granted to lawmakers' friends and supporters merit scrutiny and indicate potential conflicts of interest," said Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

But earmark defenders have argued that the practice is one way they can directly help their constituents. Earmarks accounted for 1.5 percent of the $1.3 trillion federal budget in 2009.

CONTINUED (http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pork-barrel-spending-increases-in-2009-2009-08-13.html)

Who would have thought!

PoliCon
08-14-2009, 09:43 PM
I know right? LOL