DC: “Defense” bill add-ons compared to earmarks

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June 13, 2011
Boston Globe    
Posted in News, PND News

"For years, members of Congress have used earmarks to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to favored recipients in districts in Massachusetts and across the country. After House and Senate leaders established a two-year ban, earmark critics cheered a new era of fiscal discipline. The celebration, it turns out, may have been premature. Under a new system instituted just months after House GOP leaders pledged to clamp down on earmarks, the $690 billion defense bill that the House passed late last month included hundreds of millions of dollars in added spending authorizations." (06/13/11)


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