In 2008, President Bush issued Executive Order 13,457, which required that agencies "not consider the views of a House, committee, Member, officer, or staff of the Congress" about any earmark
unless it were submitted in writing and that all such submissions, subject to potential waiver from OMB, be posted on agency websites.
If brought back and pursued with transparency and honesty, earmarks
stand to alleviate--through small outlays of cash--a great deal of economic uncertainty, not just for the wealthy and empowered few, but for us all.
You know you can choose the various insiders who've spent I think some 63 years in the United States Congress or Obama, they are the ones who got us into debt, they're the ones who've been voting for these earmarks
," he said.
Tea party red-hots want to eradicate congressional earmarks
On March 22, 2010, Kirkpatrick made $300,000 in earmark
requests for Childhelp.
But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said earmark
funding is often duplicative of existing programs and services.
These include all of the earmarks
to Teen Challenge, the abovementioned earmark
to World Impact, an allocation of nearly half a million for the rescue mission ministry in Detroit, as well as the funding of Camp Barnabas in Missouri, the funding of Morning Star Ranch and allocations to ministries in North Dakota and Alabama.
But since most earmarks
appear to go to large, traditionally White institutions, one expert says Black and other lawmakers should seek a greater share of the pie.
The education improvement fund did a little better, averaging 35 hours per earmark
In the wake of recent lobbying scandals, leaders in both chambers of Congress are attempting to control the number of earmarks
introduced into bills after conference.
It's worth noting that earmark
reform, though worthy, wouldn't by itself get to the heart of Washington's corruption problem.
The increasingly intense competition for this limited pool of earmarked
funds and the growing budget deficit guarantees that recipients must possess the necessary knowledge and expertise about the earmark
process to be successful in the coming years when vying for congressional funding for their local initiatives.
money for education so you won't have to tap into your retirement fund.
University of North Dakota 12 $13,681,000 (*) Rank based on total earmark
funding from FY 1980-1992
Trick: The Department of Defense's incredibly wasteful Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), which appeared dead, was reanimated by a $380 million earmark
in the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.