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Earmark Ban

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Budget Proves That Earmarks Will Never Die | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The practice of earmarking -- that is, steering federal dollars to specific projects or companies -- might be officially banned in Congr...

Don't Let Earmarks Return in D.C.

Robert Bettmann | Posted 07.23.2013 | DC
Robert Bettmann

Earmarks were eliminated in D.C. in 2010, and the policy climate had been improving for it. But Lettermarking, a first cousin of Earmarking, is trying for a comeback.

John Celock

Earmark Opponent's Letters Found | John Celock | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics

One of Congress' leading opponents of earmarks has a history of writing letters to federal agencies highlighting projects in his district seeking fede...

New GOP Lawmakers Don't Walk The Walk On Spending Issue

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Hard-charging Republicans who rallied voters last year with cries of "Stop the spending, ban the earmarks" are quietly offering a m...

Harry Reid To Obama: 'Back Off

Politics Daily | January 25,| 1:17 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama stressed earmark elimination in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but the message didn't hit home with one of his closest ...

Battle Over Proposed Earmark Ban Heats Up

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress' most unapologetic fan of big-money politics is backing a ban on pork-barrel earmarks and avoiding an early battle with co...

Jason Linkins

Congressional Earmark Addicts Find New Ways To Get Their Fix | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the election season -- actually, during what seems like every election season, along with whatever "seasons" occur in the intervening periods b...

Earmark Ban Supporters Find New Ways To Funnel Government Money Into Pet Projects

The New York Times | Ron Nixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

No one was more critical than Representative Mark Steven Kirk when President Obama and the Democratic majority in the Congress sought passage last yea...

GOP Earmark Ban Supporters Claiming Hundreds Of Earmarks

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — More than two dozen senators – most of them Republicans – put hundreds of homestate projects in the $1.3 trillion bill ...

Earmarks Are Evil Except Mine

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Jason Linkins

John Cornyn Up In Arms Over All The Earmarks Not Requested By John Cornyn | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's been two long years of the GOP obstructing bills and complaining about spending, and then watching the same obstructionists and complainers turning around to take credit for the money that got spent.

Earmark Lovers Feast On Pork Before Tea Party-Backed GOP Insurgents Storm Congress

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The spending barons on Capitol Hill, long used to muscling past opponents of bills larded with pet projects, are seeking one last v...

Jason Linkins

Earmark Ban Proponents Finding It Hard To Quit Earmarks | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mere weeks after an election cycle in which it became a cause in conservative circles, senators showed up for work determined to ban earmarks. And wh...

Report Reveals 39,294 Earmark Requests Exceeding $100 Billion In Just One Year

Politico | Manu Raju | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of Congress requested almost 40,000 earmarks that exceeded $100 billion directed to their home districts and states for the current fiscal yea...

GOP Earmark Ban Rejected By Bipartisan Group In Senate Vote

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — By a nearly 3-2 margin, the Senate voted Tuesday to let lawmakers keep sprinkling bills with home-state pet projects like roads, br...

Earmarks Still In High Demand Despite GOP Ban On Pork

McClatchy | Lesley Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans are spurning earmarks. Their Republican counterparts in the Senate, including a yet-to-be-sworn-in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, also ar...

GOP Earmark Ban Won't Stop Lawmakers From Injecting Taxpayer Dollars Into Pet Projects

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Despite their claims, the Republicans' ban on earmarks won't stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers' dollars to pet projects. And i...

Howard Fineman On Earmarks As 'Appetizers'

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" Tuesday evening to discuss the GOP's proposed ban on legislative earmarks, which he attribute...

Potential GOP Presidential Candidates Weigh In On Earmark Ban

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The current debate among Republicans about banning earmarks has become such a big issue that candidates looking forward to potential presidential runs...

Tea Party Republicans Win Earmark Fight

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Mitch McConnell has realized that this battle was really not worth fighting, and has thus thrown in the towel on his opposition to the outright ban on earmarks.

GOP Senators Back Earmark Ban After Requesting MILLIONS In Pork

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GOP senators have begun sharpening their swords for an epic face-off over a proposed earmark ban, a measure that some members of Congress believe must...

Rand Paul Suggests He'll Fight For Earmarks He Earlier Promised To Ban

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Less than a week after his election, Kentucky's Senator-elect Rand Paul already appears to be making a rapid departure away from one of his campaign p...

Amanda Terkel

Eric Cantor Opposes Compromise On Extending Bush Tax Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just as Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has attempted to lower expectations in recent days by saying that Republicans can't real...

GOP Leaders Ignore Tea Party's Calls For Earmark Ban

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's official: GOP leaders in the House and Senate have both confirmed that they will buck calls from the Tea Party and not back a ban on federal earm...

Senate Republicans Consider Divisive Earmark Ban

Roll Call | John Stanton and Jackie Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans, who remain deeply divided over how to handle the controversial issue of earmarks, will meet this week to hash out whether they sho...