GOP Earmark Ban

November 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

From the “can’t change your stripes” department –  today’s headlines: 

PROMISES, PROMISES: GOP leader reaps $200 million

Senate Republicans’ ban on earmarks was short-lived
One Senate GOP leader reaps $200 million for his state

What earmark ban? GOP leader reaps $200 million

Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl [Arizona…of course Arizona], the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million.

Kyl slipped the measure into a larger bill sought by President Barack Obama and passed by the Senate on Friday to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians against the federal government.

Kyl’s office insists the measure is not an earmark, and the House didn’t deem it one when it considered a version earlier this year. But it meets the you-know-it-when-you-see-it test, critics say. [Or the ‘If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…’ test].

Under Senate rules, an earmark is a spending item inserted “primarily at the request of a senator” that goes “to an entity, or (is) targeted to a specific state.” Earmarking allows lawmakers to steer federal spending to pet projects in their states and districts. Earmarks take many forms, including road projects, improvements to home district military bases, sewer projects, economic development projects. A key trait is that they are projects that haven’t been sought by the administration in power. 



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