President Trump Endorses Earmarks to Aid Legislative Negotiations

Trump's Suggestion To Bring Back Earmarks Are The 'Antithesis' Of Draining The Swamp

"Maybe we should think about it", Trump told a group of roughly two dozen lawmakers at the White House. If that was all, it could be easily dismissed. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who sat next to Trump and found himself in rare agreement with the president. But some Republican lawmakers have been working behind the scenes since previous year to revive earmarks.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not seem sympathetic when asked about earmarks Tuesday.

That would be most unfortunate. That discussion has rekindled a long-running debate in higher ed about the appropriations tool and whether colleges should pursue earmarks at all.

Both parties were guilty of abusing the system, but numerous most memorable abuses were Republican efforts. Sometimes it's useful to have a party leader who feels no compunction to maintain consistency, or doesn't understand the realities behind his slogans from the get-go. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, a former Navy pilot hailed by colleagues as a war hero, landed in jail after offering to sell earmarks in the defense spending bill in exchange for cash.

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. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). "Make our majority." Just talking about bringing earmarks back could be enough to turn off millions of taxpayers. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., after Trump made his remarks.

He added: "This system really lends itself to not getting along".

"Our system right now, the way it's set up, will never bring people together".

This is pure golden-ageism.

In a statement provided Wednesday afternoon to The Daily Signal, Culberson said earmarks could help his district recover from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston, among other areas, with flooding.

Earmarks also run counter to everything Trump supposedly wants to do.

President Trump said, "It's going to bring you together". "They are corrupt, inequitable, and wasteful".

But Donald Trump, who likely benefitted from earmarks as a businessman, has waded into a brewing controversy in the House and endorsed their return.

The Times came across one earmark that sent $100,000 to a local library that didn't even need the cash, and another that sought $100,000 to build bus shelters in a wealthy Florida community - and got $250,000 instead.

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Myth: Earmarks do not usurp higher priority spending, are consistent with agency and state review and planning processes, and comply with statutory criteria. NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis has more.

At their height, earmarks accounted for perhaps 1 percent of all federal spending, but the small dollar amount was overshadowed by some major stinkers. After all, Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution clearly gives Congress exclusive control over such matters.

"Republicans did something very dramatic today that's going to make it very uncomfortable for business as usual", Pence told Fox News in March 2010, the day that Republicans approved the proposal.

Former Rep. David McIntosh of IN was IN Congress during the earmark debates.

"The misnomer about that is that it is a "swamp" issue", Anderholt said.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, told The Hill about bringing back earmarks: "I don't know that I'm opposed to it".

Earmarks are funding for the special projects that lawmakers demand for their districts, often tucked into massive spending bills - directing money back home for bridges and parking garages, Pentagon research or roads and river levees. "But we're the ones that should be putting the specific line items in that appropriations bill as to where the money goes, not the bureaucrats". According to a May 9, 2016 Congressional Quarterly article, since fiscal year (FY) 2002, Congress completed its spending bills an average of 91 days late in non-election years and 144 days late in election years. That means investigating federal agencies that misspend taxpayers' money and cutting their budgets accordingly. Lawmakers should clean up the executive branch's mess before making their own.

While unexpected Wednesday, Trump turned a spotlight on an issue that's been under the radar in Congress for close to a year.

DAVIS: Earmark advocates say that when earmarks were in fashion, Washington was more bipartisan, and more deals got done. "They have been roundly excoriated by the conservative movement upon which Republicans depend for their political lives", he said.

Several conservative groups also panned the call for a comeback.

But there was Trump on Tuesday, giving them a shout-out at an unrelated White House meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

And, quite frankly, they'd deserve it.

This article has been modified to identify Walker correctly as chairman of the Republican Study Committee.


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