Should Congress Bring Back Earmarks?

Should Congress Bring Back Earmarks?

Pool/ABACA/NewscomRepublicans took control of Congress in 2010 with promises to clean up Washington's profligate spending and shrink government. "Earmarks may sound like a quick fix, but in reality it's about writing better bills and doing hard work".

House Republicans banned earmarks when they retook the House in 2011. You know, it's incredible what theft will take place if nobody's looking.

"Our system lends itself to not getting things done, and I hear so much about earmarks - the old earmark system - how there was a great friendliness when you had earmarks", the president said during a White House meeting on immigration attended by multiple lawmakers. If that was all, it could be easily dismissed. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on immigration, only to be corrected moments later by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), with whom Trump then expressed agreement.

"There are circumstances where you could have congressionally directed spending without returning to the days of unlimited earmarks", said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

That would be most unfortunate. "We got beaten like a borrowed mule in the 2006 elections largely because of the corruption that came with earmarks", Flake said.

Both parties were guilty of abusing the system, but numerous most memorable abuses were Republican efforts.

Under the old system, party leaders and committee chairmen would apportion available earmark money among rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Wednesday the ban on earmarks gives too much power to the executive branch over how to spend money. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). "Bringing back earmarks is the antithesis of draining the swamp". There are two basic arguments. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., after Trump made his remarks. "He's not really weighing in one way or the other at this point", Short told Blitzer, regarding earmarks.

This is pure golden-ageism.

One conservative House staffer told The Daily Signal in an email Wednesday that reinstating earmarks would go against Trump's pledge to drain the swamp. They claim that they'll rein in the potential for corruption with a new set of restrictions and reforms.

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"Last March, I wrote to President Trump asking that he consider my proposal - a bill called the REPAIR Act - as a practical solution to expedite investments in our country's aging water infrastructure by establishing limited exceptions to the earmark ban". Earmarks are not only a lazy way to get around that process; they also can never replace it entirely.

The Times has reported on one earmark to send $100,000 to a library in SC - $50,000 more than the library wanted. NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis has more. Or the $3.6 million of taxpayers money for researchers at Bowdoin College to ponder "what makes goldfish feel sexy?".

He stressed Democrats reformed the process when they controlled the House in 2007, which had been abused over time, to require members to post requests for spending projects online. Tennessee Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper was one of them.

Walker invoked the Apostle Paul to argue against giving lawmakers the "power of the purse" that the Constitution bestows on Congress.

"The misnomer about that is that it is a "swamp" issue", Anderholt said.

"We are not moving backwards and I would not (make) a recommendation for us to move back to nearly any part of a system that I saw that existed before 2011", Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, told reporters. "You gotta be kidding me", tweeted Sen.

Earmarks are funding for the special projects that lawmakers demand for their districts, often tucked into massive spending bills - directing money back home for bridges and parking garages, Pentagon research or roads and river levees. "It was very bad; we don't want to go back to that".

Cline said appropriations and spending are part of the responsibilities of members of Congress. That of course means that the other 99 percent was distributed according to the statutory authority and merit-based criteria that Congress provided to federal agencies.

DAVIS: Earmark advocates say that when earmarks were in fashion, Washington was more bipartisan, and more deals got done. As former Sen. Tom Coburn said, earmarks are "inherently corrupt". "They have been roundly excoriated by the conservative movement upon which Republicans depend for their political lives". Club for Growth President David McIntosh said that restoring earmarks "virtually guarantees that they will lose the House".

While Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress, they will likely need Democrats' votes to advance other goals this year given their narrow Senate majority.

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