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The Afghan War Bill and Earmarks……

The House is trying to keep a ban against earmarks for For-Profit companies…..

The Senate won’t entertain the ban……

The Dog thinks all this posturing will result in LESS earmarks …but the tradition will continue….

Bring home the bacon to your district is a basic component of the American political system that simply will not go away…..

House leaders don’t seem eager to force their new bans onto the Senate.

“We have faith the Senate will do the right thing,” said Ellis Brachman, a spokesman for House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.).

The office of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the ban would apply only to House GOP members.

House leaders have sought unprecedented restrictions on earmarks in an election year, when both parties have blamed each other for a deficit expected to approach a record $1.5 trillion this year.

The bans aren’t likely to make a huge dent in the number of earmarks or the expected $1.5 trillion deficit, said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense.

About $11.1 billion in earmarks was approved for fiscal year 2010, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget. Of the nearly 9,200 earmarks for 2010, more than 1,000 went to for-profit companies, the House Appropriations Committee has said.

Ellis’ group estimates the amount is much higher – nearly $16 billion. That includes money that didn’t have a specific sponsor in Congress but was steered to a district or state at the request of a lawmaker.

“I don’t think [earmark restrictions] will have a huge effect except for the fact that there’ll be pressure to keep it clean and increase scrutiny on the bill,” Ellis said……



May 12, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , ,

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