Revival Of Earmarks Will Streamline Legislative Process

By Kathleen Hatfield and Paul Moorehead (January 25, 2021, 6:05 PM EST) -- The old adage that it is best not to watch laws or sausages being made might be said to apply to the federal appropriations process. Historically, specific items of spending — earmarks — were routinely included in annual spending bills to help persuade members of Congress to enact legislation.

Generally, an earmark is a provision in legislation that directs federal funds to a particular recipient at the request of one or several members of Congress.

More specifically, both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress, from 2007 to 2008, created rules to increase transparency in...

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