Cynical Synapse

Sun, 19 Dec 2010

Business as Usual—Earmarks in the Omnibus Spending Bill

Filed under: Budget, Government, Michigan, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 7:49 pm

Earmarks in the Omnibus Spending Bill

The Omnibus spending bill includes $130.6 billion in earmarks. So, what happened to Pres. Obama’s pledge to end earmarks? And what about Republicans’ vote against earmarks?

Michigan’s Congressional delegation requested $6 billion in earmarks! Who are the culprits? Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabinaw account for half, with $2.4 and $1.3 billion respectively. Both are Democrats, obviously paying no head to their President’s call for no earmarks.

Status Quo ticket

On top of that, Michigan’s Democratic Congressmen requested $2.24 billion in earmarks while Republicans requested a mere $58 million. This includes $1.4 billion requested by Bart Stupak (D-1) and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatric (D-13) who are lame ducks, having lost their seats to others. So much for our elected representatives doing what’s right.

HT: Motor City Times

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