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‘Bad Politics’: The Swamp’s Earmark Tab Is Already About $21 Billion

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By Michael Ginsberg


The first round of earmarks requested by members of the House of Representatives could cost taxpayers as much as $21 billion.

House Democrats have sought $14 billion in funding for district projects, while House Republicans have requested $7 billion, The Washington Post reported Friday. Out of 435 members, 94 House Republicans and only one House Democrat did not request earmarks.

Earmarks are line items inserted into bills that direct money towards a specific recipient. By directing spending toward a specific Congress member’s district, they can be used to gain a reluctant member’s support for a piece of legislation.

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