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WASHINGTON – House GOP leaders are pushing rank-and-file Republicans to break their addiction to pet projects by going cold turkey and giving up the long-cherished practice of directing federal dollars to their home districts.
The move is an election-year appeal to voters frustrated with Washington's free-spending ways and seeks to trump new reforms announced earlier Wednesday by Democratic leaders. Democrats announced they would ban the much-criticized practice of using annual spending bills to direct pet projects to companies that often return the favor with campaign contributions. Democratic leaders considered — [continued]


Asked by 29again at 12:48 AM on Mar. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I bet most people don't even know if the things happening around their town are happening because their Senator or Representative finagled it out of congress.
    I say ban lobbying all together and cut out all earmarks and pork.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:28 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Democratic leaders considered — and dismissed — the idea of a complete earmark ban.

    The competing maneuvers come as both parties are seeking every possible advantage heading into midterm elections in which Republicans stand to make major gains and possibly retake control of the House. Earmarks are but one reason Congress suffers from abysmal approval ratings, however, and lawmakers in both parties engage in the practice.

    "The time has come for House Republicans to adopt an immediate, unilateral moratorium on all earmarks," said Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and nine other GOP leaders in a joint statement Wednesday evening.

    In the Senate, however, the old guard in both parties was having none of it.

    House Republicans will vote among themselves Thursday on whether to give up earmarks.

    Do you agree with the pubs on this? If not, why not?

    Answer by 29again at 12:52 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • I agree, but in the interest of full disclosure, we already have a rep/senators that don't do pork, so it doesn't really make that much of a difference. Further down state might not be as agreeable.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:06 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • I think everyone would agree with it in theory, until their own pet project gets killed.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:15 AM on Mar. 11, 2010