November 17, 2010
IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE ANY EFFECT, IT'S JUST A FETISH:
Will Senate Republicans' Self-Imposed Ban on Earmarks Do Any Good? (MATTHEW JAFFE, Nov. 17, 2010, ABC News)
While the $16 billion that Congress spent on earmarks in fiscal year 2010 might sound like a lot of money, it is only a tiny fraction of the total federal budget. As Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine pointed out earlier this week, earmarks account for "less than one percent of overall federal expenditures."Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2010 12:35 PM
Moreover, some of the same GOP senators who pledged to support the ban said that they couldn't promise to stick to it.
"I have consistently voted for the elimination of earmarks in the past and will support the earmark moratorium resolution today," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA, said in a statement on Tuesday. "However, there are times when crises arise, or issues come forth of such importance to Georgia, such as critical support to the port of Savannah, and the nation that I reserve the right to ask Congress and the president to approve funding."