A few years after the earmark
ban took effect, he told the Boston Globe, "What we're seeing is a natural experiment where we say, 'Let's try to run Congress without earmarks
for a few years.
60) The earmark
process, which serves discrete interests and is dominated by long-serving appropriators and specialized staffs, is a perfect target for the distrust they describe.
Two telling examples of small earmarks
that brought funds directly to populations that needed them most--populations that lack "connections" or "clout," but are deeply deserving of support--were announced in July 2010, shortly before the informal moratorium on earmarks
Members of the congressional appropriations committees have an advantage over their colleagues in their access to earmarks
Talmadge Heflin, the director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, doesn't think eliminating earmarks
will eliminate all the spending.
said the earmark
process occasionally lets a "good project" through.
may be included in a bill or report language at the
The package, centered on a 2,200-word story, includes content supplied by 25 daily newspapers that have been reporting on the earmarks
of their local congressional delegations since April.
Recently, however, earmarks
have been attracting heightened scrutiny.
Waiters noted that in education, earmarks
often go to large public universities and private colleges with their own cadre of lobbyists.
The department stated it could not verify the conclusion that most earmarks
fit its mission, saying "the diversity of the earmark
In fiscal year (FY) 2006, R & D earmarks
set a new record, climbing to $2.
I was at a meeting on earmark
reform a few weeks ago," he said, "and someone asked the question whether there's a constitutional right to earmarks
It's a problem that I have sought to expose by selecting an "Egregious Earmark
of the Week" to ridicule.
It was an omnibus bill, and it was loaded with some 8,000 earmarks
, which is perhaps why it passed.