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Issue Analysis

Earmarks and Pork-Barrel Spending Breed Corruption in Congress

Not long after the 2016 presidential election, House Republicans entertained a rule change proposed by Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) to bring back earmarks. The rule change, which likely would have passed if allowed to proceed, was quashed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who felt that reviving the practice sent the wrong message after a “drain the swamp” election.

01/18/2018
Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey
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Key Vote

Sandy: Log-Rolling from Alaska to New Jersey

The House of Representatives passed the second installment of the Hurricane Sandy bailout Tuesday night, as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brought up a bill he knew would pass without support from his own party. That allowed conservatives to vote against a bill that conservative groups were adding to their legislative scorecards.The path of the bill has been marked by one consistent strawman argument: opposition has been cast as opposition to relief, rather than opposition to the corrupt spending accompanying it.

01/16/2013
Do you need a couple billion for a pet project?
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Blog

Do you need a couple billion for a pet project?

I know I do.  That's why I'm so glad the good people over at Reason have given us the Personal Stimulus Generator - you could qualify for up to $350 billion!For years I've been trying to spread the word about the menace tough urban squirrels pose to society - and now, thanks to the largess of taxpayers everywhere those greedy, twitchy rodents can be stopped.Thanks Congress!

02/13/2009