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Capitol Hill Update: January 15, 2018

The House and Senate are in session this week.

2 days ago
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Republicans Trying to Run on Culture of Corruption in 2018?

Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye released the following statement on Republicans’ push to bring back earmarks ahead of the midterm elections:

01/09/2018
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Don’t Bring Back Earmarks

Sigh. Here we go again. The House Republican Conference is quietly discussing the possibility of bringing back earmarks, or dedicated federal funds in appropriations bills usually for pet projects in a member’s district or state. The organizations or projects for which these funds are earmarked aren’t the subject to committee hearings and serve some special interest. Earmarks are pork-barrel spending by another name.

08/02/2017
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Support the Flake Amendment to Extend the Earmark Moratorium in the Senate

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your Republican senator(s) and urge him or her to support the amendment introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to extend the existing ban on earmarks in the Senate. The amendment will be proposed in the Senate Republican Conference meeting Tuesday.

01/10/2017
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Earmarks Still Banned in the House...for Now

Shortly before adjourning for Thanksgiving, House Republicans met in private to vote on rules proposals for the 115th Congress, which begins on January 3. Among the proposals considered by the conference was one that would bring back earmarks.

11/19/2016
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House Republicans Should Reject Proposal to Bring Back Earmarks

Ahead of a vote in the House Republican Conference to lift the ban on earmarks, which has been in place since 2010, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

11/15/2016
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Key Vote YES on the Sanford Amendment to H.R. 5293 for Responsible Spending

As one of our over 5.7 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask them to vote YES on Rep. Sanford’s (R-SC) amendment to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would keep in place the U.S. military’s current practice of providing vouchers to recruits allowing them to pick the shoe of their choice. Recently, legislation passed the House and Senate that would change this practice and cost the taxpayers over $300 million. Rep. Sanford’s amendment to H.R. 5293 is expected to be considered on the House floor tomorrow, June 16.

06/15/2016
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FreedomWorks Director of Government Relations Neil Siefring Discusses Earmark for Footwear on OANN

05/31/2016
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No, John Boehner is not "the most anti-establishment Speaker" in history

Just two days after facing an historic uprising within the ranks of his own House Republican Conference, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) defended his four-year record as the lower chamber's presiding officer, telling reporters that he is "the most anti-establishment Speaker" in history.

01/12/2015
Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: All Pork - Little Relief
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Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill: All Pork - Little Relief

$150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $2 million to the Smithsonian to repair roofs and $8 million to Homeland Security and the Justice Department to buy cars. And that's just the start. No, this is not Stimulus Part 2, this is the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, rightfully dubbed the "Sandy Scam." As Matt Kibbe pointed out earlier, the Sandy Scam Bill whose total price tag is $60.4 billion, also contains:

12/19/2012

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