Trustee Election
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  • INFRASTRUCTURE
  • SOCIAL SECURITY
  • PORK BARREL SPENDING
Winning Issue » PORK BARREL SPENDING


The term pork barrel spending, also known as earmarked funds, refers to the practice of funding projects that only benefit the constituents of a single legislator. Normally, these projects are not competitively awarded or subject to congressional review. They are usually requested by a single member of Congress to benefit a single local interest. Funding for these pet projects is usually inserted in large omnibus appropriations bills at the last moment. Between 2000 and 2009, our Congress approved earmark spending projects worth about $208 billion. Critics say federal tax dollars should not be spent in a way that does not benefit most taxpayers. One reason these earmarks flourish is that they help create support for passing controversial bills. Lawmakers seldom vote against a measure that helps their own district. Pork barrel supporters claim earmarks are beneficial to many people and provide incentives to help advance important bills that otherwise might not advance. During the past few years, some members of Congress have agreed to not include “special project” funding in otherwise unrelated legislation, but these efforts have been only partially effective. Pork barrel spending attached to the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill which funded the government for most of 2014 included $80 million for Amtrack, a 5% overpayment on Defense Department contracts if the contractor is Hawaiian, Nearly $8 million for the volunteer Civil Air program, and $600k for Mississippi State University to research how to grow trees faster.


Pending Legislation:
S.309 - A bill to prohibit earmarks




Options


  • I oppose reforming current pork barrel spending policy and wish to defeat S.309 - A bill to prohibit earmarks, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support making it out of order in the Senate to consider a bill or resolution introduced in either chamber or any other measure that includes an earmark; permitting waiver of any or all such points of order by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members; making this Act inapplicable to any authorization of appropriations to a federal entity if such authorization is not specifically targeted to a state, locality, or congressional district, and wish to pass S.309 - A bill to prohibit earmarks, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) and/or Sen. Pat Toomey (PA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support making it out of order in the Senate to consider a bill or resolution introduced in either chamber or any other measure that includes an earmark; permitting waiver of any or all such points of order by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members; making this Act inapplicable to any authorization of appropriations to a federal entity if such authorization is not specifically targeted to a state, locality, or congressional district, and wish to pass S.309 - A bill to prohibit earmarks, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) and/or Sen. Pat Toomey (PA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing S.309 - A bill to prohibit earmarks. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: S.309 - A bill to prohibit earmarks
Sponsor: Sen. Pat Toomey, PA
Status: Senate Rules and Administration Committee
Chairman: Sen. Roy Blunt, MO


If elected as a trustee, CAGW will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for reducing or eliminating pork barrel spending attached to Congressional legislation.

CAGW is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of CAGW. Its mission is to advocate the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through nonpartisan public education programs and lobbying activities. Each year, CCAGW tabulates its Congressional Ratings, evaluating how each member of Congress measures up on key tax and spending votes. CAGW is nationally recognized as the source of information on government waste. CAGW representatives appear frequently on television, radio talk shows, and in print. CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government spending. The annual Congressional Pig Book Summary is CAGW's famous exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020