Posted on 1/19/2018, 9:02:18 PM by sparklite2
“You know, our system lends itself to not getting things done,” the president said. “And I hear so much about earmarks, the old system, how there was a great friendliness when you had earmarks.”
What Trump didn’t say is that the practice was very often crooked to the core, whereby funds were secretly inserted into a large appropriation bill for a lawmaker to finance a pork barrel project back home in exchange for campaign donations or other political favors.
But when the Republicans won control of the House, Speaker John Boehner pushed through tougher spending rules that abolished earmarks entirely in 2011.
There were attempts early last year to bring them back, but House Speaker Paul Ryan stopped that cold.
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