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Earmark Discussion Feels Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

by Nan Swift / /

Some Members of Congress are making a serious push to bring back earmarks, and with it, the pork barrel politics of yesteryear.


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Taxpayers Claim Victory over Zombie Earmark

by Nan Swift / /

On Wednesday night, House lawmakers voted to approve an amendment to H.R. 2685, the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act of 2016, to end the shipment of anthracite coal from Pennsylvania all the way to the Kaiserslautern U.S. military base in Ge
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New Congress Must Uphold Earmark Ban

by Brandon Arnold / /

Today, Congressional Republicans are wrapping up their policy retreat in Hershey, Pa. While the event undoubtedly included a number of spirited conversations about divisive issues such as immigration reform and the appropriate tactics to repeal Obamacare,
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House Strikes Down Attempt to Reinstate Earmarks

by Nan Swift / /

The still-young House ban on earmarks faced a serious threat last week as Members considered potential rules changes for the upcoming 114th Congress. It's clear that some legislators want to recapture the "good old days" of pork-barrel politics.
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Publicly Funded Art

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Did you know that in 2002, taxpayers funded a $10,000 grant that went to support the Arctic Chamber Orchestra's tour through rural Alaska? The government agency that administered the funding is the National Endowment for the Arts, which was establishe
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