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    Despite earmark ban, lawmakers try to give money to hundreds of pet projects

    I hope those two senators are successful in making a law that bans earmarks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...2L2WAO_story.h Members of the House and the Senate attempted to pack hundreds of special spending provisions into at least 10 bills in the summer and fall, less than a year after congressional leaders declared a moratorium on earmarks, congressional records show.
    The moratorium, announced last November in the House and in February in the Senate, is a verbal commitment by the Republican leadership to prohibit lawmakers from directing federal funds to handpicked projects and groups in their districts. Lawmakers have tried to get around the moratorium by promising to allow other groups to compete for the funds. But the legislative language is so narrowly tailored that critics consider the practice to be earmarking by another name.
    The efforts to resurrect spending on pet projects reveal the tenuous nature of current reform efforts. Two senators have publicly called out their colleagues and will introduce legislation Wednesday that would ban earmarking with the force of law.
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    Re: Despite earmark ban, lawmakers try to give money to hundreds of pet projects

    You sound shocked?

    The Tea Party members are especially well know to gobble up money for pet projects in their areas... things never change in Washington as long as the Federal government is seen as a money making machine for politicians and their friends.
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    Re: Despite earmark ban, lawmakers try to give money to hundreds of pet projects

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    You sound shocked?

    The Tea Party members are especially well know to gobble up money for pet projects in their areas... things never change in Washington as long as the Federal government is seen as a money making machine for politicians and their friends.
    Sources? And they better prove the word 'especially' is appropriate to a reasonable person.
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