The White House has found an excellent place to start to work with the new Congress — on stamping out the use of earmarks, the home-state spending items that lawmakers increasingly slip into legislation. Many of these projects, including for south-central Kansas, are fiscally sound. But if so, they can and should be proposed and debated in the daylight, “to allow people to have full confidence that … their money is being spent in a way that reflects deliberation by members of Congress,” said White House press secretary Tony Snow. Congress’ new leaders have sounded a similar theme, so there is reason for optimism. But cutting pork is harder than promising to cut pork.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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