Rogue Republicans Request Earmarks Despite Moratorium Supported by GOP Leadership
Three House Republicans have decided to ignore their party's earmark moratorium initiative, defying GOP leadership in favor of securing funding in the next fiscal year for home state projects.
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#1 Apr 12, 2010
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Would cutting earmarks result in less federal spending?
"But contrary to popular belief — this is the first of several bits of information readers may be surprised by — cutting earmarks wouldn't necessarily cut government spending, according to independent budget experts from across the political spectrum. Jeff Patch, a budget fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute (and also a former McCain volunteer) told FactCheck.org that "earmarks just direct funds from executive agencies to specific projects or companies." That is, while there are still a few pet projects slipped into legislation in the dark of night that do increase the federal budget, earmarks often simply tell agencies how to spend money that they are already getting. So while earmarks may drive up the cost of government slightly (by, for example, awarding no-bid contracts in a legislator's home district), cutting earmarks alone is "not sufficient for cutting wasteful spending," Patch said."
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