House lawmakers under Democratic leadership are embracing earmarks to dump millions into district projects lobbied for by members.
The Federalist has obtained the proposed GOP conference rules, allowing for earmarks, which truly conservative lawmakers call the ‘currency of corruption.’
It’s another example of the rich—well-heeled corporate lobbyists—getting richer as government expands further under the new administration.
The earmark vote shows that far too many purportedly conservative lawmakers want to partake in the big-government excesses of the Biden era.
Despite the exploitation of earmarking in the past, Democrats are moving forward with a plan to reimplement the strategy with new restrictions.
George Callas, now managing director of government affairs and public policy at the firm Steptoe and Johnson, justified his opinion by claiming earmarks are necessary to reform the larger “legislative and governing process.”
The coming weeks will see a flurry of old-fashioned horse trading—some would call it corruption—in Washington, as Democrats attempt to pass a partisan ‘stimulus’ bill.
Politicians used the largest spending bill in U.S. history to force through a wide variety of earmarks and partisan boondoggles on the backs of future taxpayers.
The call to restore earmarks is partly based on the belief that Congress has inadequate control over how the executive branch spends money. False.
Proponents argue earmarks help Congress get legislation passed, and fall within the congressional power of the purse. Both arguments are false.
Former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn writes that Congress would be insane to resurrect earmarks, which he says are inherently corrupt.
Another health-care bill, another pack of senators holding the nation hostage until they get special treatment.
Our defense budget is a sieve for congressional pet projects, special interest contracts, and social engineering programs. Pumping more fuel into the tank is little use if you don’t patch the holes.
The only way the Obamacare replacement bill could have turned out worse is if Republicans had actually passed it. Thank the House Freedom Caucus.
Iowa is America’s largest pork producer. So prisons will serve pork, even if prisoners don’t want it.
Thanks to his violent temper and his shocking corruption, Jim Moran will not be missed after his retirement from Congress.
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