March 29, 2007

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Earmark monitor's exit baffles, troubles GOP (Sean Lengell, 3/29/07, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The federal agency that tracked pork-barrel spending during the 12 years of the Republican congressional majority has discontinued the practice since Democrats took power, riling lawmakers suspicious of the timing and concerned about the pace of fat being added to bills. [...]

Several lawmakers, particularly those who had come to rely on the agency to identify the dollar value of earmarks in appropriations and other laws, were caught off guard by the change.

"It's troubling -- I can't think of any justification for that," said Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican. "They've done good research in the past. ... That's what they're here for -- the benefit of the members" of Congress.

Silly Republicans...spending projects inserted by Democrats are, by definition, vital to the species, not mere pork....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2007 4:00 PM
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And where are the squeals from the self-proclaimed, non-partisan, moderate, independent "pork-busters" whose whole campaign last summer was to punish the GOP for bloating the budget? Oh, that's right, it's not an election year and the Dems never pay attention such infantile gullibility.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 29, 2007 4:14 PM

"That's what they're here for -- the benefit of the members" of Congress. Grow up man,they are here for the benefits of the Democratic members of Congress.

Posted by: ic at March 29, 2007 7:51 PM

The GOP ought to try to get Dianne Feinstein kicked out of the Senate. Then everything really will be different.

Posted by: ratbert at March 30, 2007 12:04 AM
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