GOP Cuts Pork from Spending Diet Plan; Democrats Eat Less from Taxpayer Trough
Byline: Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The first spending bill to begin moving through Congress since House Republicans pledged to forgo earmarks shows the vow is working: The bill contains nearly 50 percent less in pork-barrel spending than last year's version.
The 2011 homeland security spending bill, which was approved by a House subcommittee last week, includes just one Republican earmark. And just as telling, House Democrats' earmarks dropped dramatically, with the dollar amount down nearly 20 percent from last year's bill.
Essentially, the vacuum that was created by virtually no Republican earmarks wasn't backfilled by more Democratic earmarks, and in fact, Democrats actually took less than they did last year, said Steve Ellis, vice president at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group. There is a …
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Publication information: Article title: GOP Cuts Pork from Spending Diet Plan; Democrats Eat Less from Taxpayer Trough. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: June 29, 2010. Page number: A01. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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