Congress, for a number of years, insisted on buying new planes, over administration objections, and the earmark
moratorium would not prevent that.
When an earmark
is approved, the Congressmen or senator who secured it can, if he or she chooses, return to his or her home district or state and meet face to face with the people that earmark
is going to help.
are a great example," he said, adding that Santorum "loaded up his bills with Pennsylvania pork.
McConnell has enjoyed being able to serve as the earmark
czar for his home state.
On April 3, 2009, Kirkpatrick made $4,608,500 in earmark
requests for Northern Arizona University (NAU).
Under new reforms, members of Congress posted their earmark
requests on their Web sites for the first time this year.
After Americans United and its allies protested the earmark
, Vitter agreed to direct the money elsewhere.
, these special funding requests are tucked into annual spending bills at lawmakers' request.
The inspector general estimated each earmark
grantee got about six hours of attention that year.
Trent Lott (R-MS), requires that any earmark
attached to a bill in a conference report after the legislation has already passed the chamber will be subject to a point of order.
I was at a meeting on earmark
reform a few weeks ago," he said, "and someone asked the question whether there's a constitutional right to earmarks
A handful of congressmen use this situation to earmark
grant funds designed to help healthcare providers other than nursing homes for political benefit.