Earmarks

Politics
5:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Seeks To Lift Congressional Ban On Earmarks

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the staff of Saving People's Smiles, a nonprofit dental clinic in Concord.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

  U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants to lift the Congressional ban on earmarks, imposed under Republican leadership in 2010.

Shaheen says earmarks, often criticized as so-called pork spending, were a useful way for lawmakers to target money to projects in their home states.

When they were in effect, Shaheen says taxpayers could find information online about who was requesting the money and where it was going. Now, she says under the ban those decisions about spending are left to the administration.

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