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Congressional Combine Fleeced America Using $16B In Earmarks To Pass $1.7T Omnibus Bill

In these hyper-partisan times, Democrats and Republicans found common ground – using earmarks to fleece America.

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ast Friday, Congress continued skirting normal budget processes and passed another massive, $1.7 trillion omnibus bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of the fiscal year. The spending smorgasbord clocks in at $1.7 trillion and more than 4,100 pages. Included are $16 billion worth of earmarks – 7,500 member pet projects doled out to legally bribe legislators for their votes.

Overall, Democrats earmarked $9.1 billion, Republicans earmarked $6.4 billion, and bipartisan groups of legislators earmarked an additional $476 million.

What Are Earmarks?

Dubbed the ‘currency of corruption in Congress,’ earmarks allow federal legislators to set aside specific sums of money for local projects in their states or districts. The practice was banned for a decade due to abuse. However, last year and again this year, House Republicans held secret caucus meetings and voted to join Democrats in reinstituting the practice.

If a local project can’t get state or local funding, then why are federal taxpayers picking up the tab? That means federal tax dollars from one state head out the door to fund pork in another.

Former U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn called earmarks “the gateway drug to runaway spending bills.” This omnibus legislation was a great example of the bipartisan combine – the fleecing of America.

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The top earmarking members were mostly Senate Republicans – seven of the top ten.

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