Citizens Against Government Waste Disagrees with President Trump on Earmarks

Citizens Against Government Waste Disagrees with President Trump on Earmarks”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders later in the day tried to put a damper on the conservative outrage, emphasizing during the Tuesday press briefing that "the president said you have to be careful with that and you have to have controls on earmarks."

Trump floated the idea of returning to earmarks in a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration at the White House. "Of course they had other problems, but maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks". Earmarks were abolished in Congress in 2010 after years of negative media coverage of waste, fraud and abuse - which had been made possible by the ability of anonymous members of Congress to insert spending provisions that often benefited family members, campaign contributors and other special interests. "Worth noting that despite the ban on earmarks, pork barrel spending of taxpayer money for local projects lawmakers slip into congressional bills is still alive & well-it just goes by a different name", analyst Anna Massoglia, formerly of the Center for Responsive Politics, tweeted.

The House banned earmarks under John Boehner's leadership in 2011. It was common, for instance, to solicit campaign donations from those who received the earmarks, as well as the lobbyists who advocated for them. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) and Bob Ney (R-Ohio).

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There's widespread support among lawmakers to revive earmarks, though with safeguards to avoid a repeat of the problems of the past.

That date may have come: The House Rules Committee said Tuesday it would hold two hearings next week on whether to restore earmarks in what GOP aides characterized as a long-delayed fulfillment of Ryan's promises. Asked if earmarks are making a comeback, Ryan said, "Conversations are having a comeback". Groups opposing earmarks swiftly attacked the idea of their return.

David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, warned that bringing back earmarks "virtually guarantees" that Republicans would lose the House.

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Since the ban was imposed, however, it has been more hard to pass the annual appropriations bills, which has recently been done only in the form of long overdue, catch-all spending bills known as "omnibus" measures. "I hear so much about earmarks - the old earmark system - how there was a great friendliness when you had earmarks". "It lends itself to hostility and anger".

"I think we are going to get - I hope we are going to get - infrastructure done in the same way, but I think you should look at a form of earmarks", Trump said. "Officially bringing back earmarks, if done right, could increase transparency".

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