Hill Democrats Set to Bring Back Earmarks in 2022Epoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) will announce possibly next week that earmarks will be permitted in spending bills beginning in 2022. “Chair DeLauro supports Member-directed funding for community projects,” according to committee spokesman Evan Hollander in news that was first reported by NBC Political Analyst Jake Sherman. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) also supports the action, according to Sherman. Earmarks are often anonymous spending provisions inserted into much larger bills that direct tax dollars to projects or programs that benefit a congressman’s district, family members, former aides or campaign donors. Both chambers of Congress adopted party conference rules against earmarks in the past decade following years of scandal, as corrupt examples like Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” prompted public outrage. Former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) — who was chiefly responsible for the campaign against earmarks — famously described them in 2007 as “the gateway drug to federal …Read More

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