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Are Liberals Breaking Their No-Earmark Pledge?

Posted By Conn Carroll On January 28, 2009 @ 3:39 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Tucked inside the Appropriations Committee report on the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Trillion Dollar Debt Plan [1] are quite a few sentences like this one:

However, the Committee has had extensive consultations with the Corps concerning how the funds provided under this heading could be used in broad program categories. – Pg. 27

…and this one:

However, the Committee has had extensive consultations with the Bureau of Reclamation how the funds provided under this heading could be used in broad program categories. – Pg. 30

These sound an awful lot like phone-marking (a practice where congresscritters call the agencies that will be dispersing their funds directly to make sure it is spent the way they want it to be [2]) to us.

Since the Obama Administration is so committed to open and honest government [3], we look forward to very detailed reports about the true nature of these “communications” from all the agencies involved.


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[1] Pelosi-Obama-Reid Trillion Dollar Debt Plan: http://www.foundry.org/2009/01/28/morning-bell-the-pelosi-obama-reid-trillion-dollar-debt-plan/

[2] a practice where congresscritters call the agencies that will be dispersing their funds directly to make sure it is spent the way they want it to be: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/23/AR2007052301782.html

[3] so committed to open and honest government: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/FreedomofInformationAct/

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