HOT BLAST: Earmark ban reconsidered
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Motorists sit in a Chicago traffic jam.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, FIle)
Motorists sit in a Chicago traffic jam. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, FIle)
Congressional earmarks, which congressional Republicans banned in 2010, are getting a second look, reports the National Journal. Maybe directing federal dollars to local projects wasn't such a bad idea, some lawmakers are suggesting. 

The National Journal reports:

Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are starting to quietly defend earmarks, three years after Congress banned the practice because members said it wasted taxpayer dollars during a time of trillion-dollar deficits. 

As another NJ article puts it:

One of the chief complaints about the earmark ban from both Republicans and Democrats is that it takes away Congress's ability to direct taxpayer resources and leaves all that power in the hands of the administration. This is particularly troubling to Republicans, who don't trust President Obama to abide by any of their wishes. But it also worries some Democrats, who don't want Congress to unnecessarily cede authority to another branch of government.

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