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Democrats planning revival of congressional earmarks following GOP's 10-year ban

Earmarks, or "member-directed spending," are provisions tucked away in large spending vehicles that directly fund a pet project championed by an individual member of Congress for the benefit of the member's own constituents.


By Sophie Mann

Updated: February 19, 2021 - 11:20pm

Democrats now in control of Congress are reportedly poised to revive so-called "earmarks" in new legislation — after Republicans nixed them in 2011 as wasteful spending or "pork."

According to reporting by Punchbowl News, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) — the respective chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations committees — will shortly announce the reintroduction of earmarks for spending bills in the next fiscal year.

Earmarks, otherwise known as "member-directed spending," are provisions discreetly tucked away in large spending vehicles that directly fund a pet project championed by a specific member of Congress for the member's own constituents. Republicans banned the practice in 2011 shortly after regaining control of the House. Senate Republicans ultimately went along with their lower chamber colleagues.

Now, for the first time in a decade, the practice may have enough momentum for a revival. Leahy has endorsed bringing back earmarks several times over the years, and his office now says that he "has been clear about his intent to restore congressionally-directed spending in a transparent and accountable way as part of Congress' constitutional power of the purse."

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