Nearly 40K earmark requests for FY2011: Wednesday Waste?
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It’s no secret that legislators on both sides of the aisle use earmarks to bring home the bacon; they send press releases home touting these funding “victories,” after all.
But when it comes to the number of earmark requests…legislators seem to clam up.
Lucky for us, we don’t have to depend on a Congressional press release for that information. Using a new database, Taxpayers Against Earmarks, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and WashingtonWatch.com found that Members of Congress requested a whopping 39,294 earmarks this year, alone.
As reported by POLITICO, the combined price of the earmark requests was $131 billion. Notably, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the top Senate Republican on the Appropriations Committee, requested 712 earmarks worth $2.5 billion.
We know simply eliminating waste, fraud and abuse isn’t going to eliminate the deficit. But taking measures to curb non-critical spending – earmarks are often a good example – is an obvious first step in save taxpayers’ precious dollars.
To view the database and an interactive map released by Taxpayers Against Earmarks, click here.