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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




Polling 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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May 28, 2020
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June 10, 2020
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