The Transportation Department found some extra coins in the cushions of the couch and will immediately make available $470 million in infrastructure funds to the states for job creation projects. Most amusing is how this unspent money came to arrive in the DoT’s coffers: it’s because of the Congress’ newfound antipathy to earmarks.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 17, 2012 3:45 pm|
|By: Eli Tuesday February 8, 2011 6:01 pm|
Hey, remember three months ago, when millions of voters across America screamed loud and clear, “Please stop sending money to my town!”? I don’t think they do either…
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 16, 2010 1:15 pm|
The omnibus spending bill is rife with interesting backstories and competing agendas. It’s clear to me that Jim DeMint’s pressure to read the full omnibus, which stands at over 1,900 pages, has three parts: 1) to cement his standing with the Tea Party against “pork” and really spending in general; 2) to run out the clock not on the spending bill but the rest of the Senate’s agenda, especially START, the DREAM Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; 3) to create another Waterloo for President Obama, and put him in the difficult situation of having to sign a bill with a bunch of earmarks in it.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 24, 2010 11:50 am|
I’m surprised it took three whole days for Senate Republicans to break their earmark pledge.
|By: Blue Texan Tuesday November 16, 2010 10:30 am|
Yep, the rubes got rolled again.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 1, 2010 4:55 pm|
I would love to see the Republican Party try to remove the progenitor of the Tea Party movement from all his committees. They should really take a stand and do that, it’ll do wonders for the 2010 elections.
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 11, 2010 7:05 am|
Looking to regain the high ground on ethics reform, House Democrats banned budget earmarks for private companies and dared their Republican counterparts to do the same.