Tom Schatz talked about congressional earmarks. Members of the 110th Congress allocated more than 7 billion dollars to earmarks in the… read more
Tom Schatz talked about congressional earmarks. Members of the 110th Congress allocated more than 7 billion dollars to earmarks in the 2008 spending bills enacted during the week, with a total of 15 billion in earmarks for the session. He compared the current pork dollars to past years, discussed the lasting importance of earmarks, and reviewed means of reducing government waste. He reacted to a video clip of President Bush commenting on earmarks the previous day. Mr. Schatz also responded to telephone calls and electronic mail.
Jonathan Allen reported by telephone on the complaints by the Congressional Black Caucus that its members received less money in earmarks than other Democrats. Mr. Allen talked about the institutional patterns that caused this, including the designation of earmark funds for members of Congress whose seats were not safe.
Reprsentative Jeff Flake joined the discussion of earmark reform by telephone from Arizona.
At the conclusion of the program a live scene was shown of the Senate as it was explained that pro forma sessions were being held to prevent President Bush from making recess appointments. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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