Thursday, June 15, 2006

Congress spends without a trace

The magazine U.S. News takes a look at the shifty means used by many members of Congress to get money spent without submitting to the kind of examination you'd think a budget would have to undergo. Perhaps you've heard of this practice, called "earmarking." Read the piece here: Loading the Pork Train. Here's an especially good part:
Congress approved minor curbs on earmarks as part of the lobbying reforms passed this year. The new rules would require bills and reports to include a list of their earmarks along with the names of the requesting lawmaker.

But there's a hitch. More than 40 percent of earmarks will not be subject to these new disclosure rules, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. The new regs do not include pork directed at federal entities, such as the Department of Transportation.

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