November 24, 2010


So Much for the Earmark Ban

Just three days after Republican senators and senators-elect voted to renounce earmarks, the AP reports Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) -- the number two Senate Republican -- slipped a $200 million provision into a larger bill passed by the Senate on Friday.

"Kyl's office insists the measure is not an earmark... But it meets the know-it-when-you-see-it test, critics say. Under Senate rules, an earmark is a spending item inserted 'primarily at the request of a senator' that goes 'to an entity, or (is) targeted to a specific state.'"










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