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.
Join the discussion below, or Read more at OpenSecrets.org.
#1 Apr 12, 2010
Question for the group:
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."
Add your comments below
|Republican fear-mongering over Syrian refugees ...||10 hr||Mikey||34|
|Alaska Gov. Walker downsizes Washington, D.C., ...||Nov 12||Sarin Palin||1|
|Interior Department Curbs Future Arctic Offshor...||Oct '15||WeTheSheeple||1|
|Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline||Aug '15||Le Jimbo||20|
|Ex-Gov. Fortuno: After Default, Puerto Rican St...||Aug '15||GodSmacked||23|
|Offshore drilling plan in Alaska may restrict p... (Jan '15)||Jan '15||TeaBagging for Am...||6|
|Obama's Alaska move triggers fight (Jan '15)||Jan '15||Captain Yesterday||9|
Find what you want!
Search Don Young Forum Now
Copyright © 2015 Topix LLC