Re: Ron Paul Earmarks
- From: steven s.
> Are you saying he votes AGAINST his own earmarks?There is almost NEVER a vote "on earmarks", unlessJeff Flake finds one that really bothers him.Congress appropriates $xxx billion for the highwaysystem. Earmarks are just *allocation directives* forthat money. IF there were NO earmarks, the moneywould still be spent ... but allocated by a "less thantransparent" executive department.Individual congress-critters forward earmarks fromconstitutents to the Chairman of the AppropriationsCommittee, who tags (almost) all of them to therelevant spending bill ... usually AFTER the bill haspasses Conference Committee (ie: both houseshave approved the $xxx billion). Rarely does anyonereview or make a motion for or against any of theearmarks in the bill (probably, pages 234-287 of theactual legislation).Now, if the appropriation is for highways andRon believes that isn't in the constitution (underpost roads??), then he votes against the $xxxbillion spending bill ... even though it may includedozens of "earmark requests" from his ownconstituents. Of course, Ron may also voteagainst a constitutional allocation, simply onthe basis that it is excessive or unnecessary.Therefore, he doesn't "vote against his ownearmarks" ... which is almost never a questionon the floor of either chamber. He votes againstthe total appropriation for some general purpose.Bill
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