Congressional Earmarks are Back as Community Project Funding Requests

WATCH OUT Congress Has Brought Back Earmarks


Remember the $3.5T spending bill that the Democrats were pushing in August of 2021? They didn’t have enough votes to pass it. So, they tried to get through a reconciliation bill to avoid voting on it. Well, that $3.5 Trillion dollar spending bill was the largest in U.S. history. On top of that, it was tied to the reconciliation bill. That $3.5T spending bill would have cost taxpayers $7 to $8 Trillion. BTW – Congress never passed the budget

This scenario gets worse. While Congress couldn’t agree on a budget in 2021, they were able to sneak back the controversial spending practice, once called ‘earmarks’. (Remember the infamous Bridge to Nowhere?) Sure enough. In 2021, the House Appropriation Committee introduced guidelines for ‘Community Project Funding‘. (Yep. A fancy new name to rebrand earmarks.) Since earmarks came back in 2021, 220 House Democrats have submitted 2,338 earmarks for $4.6 Billion dollars and 104 House Republicans have submitted 971 earmarks totaling $4.7 Billion.

Watch as Sharyl Attkisson interviews Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis) and Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Scott Perry (R-CA) for their perspectives. Attkisson closes the segment by warning her viewers that since Congress never passed the budget in 2021 (due to spending disputes), this is prime season for earmarks!

Source: Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, March 6, 2022

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