The latest news on earmarks
The president has enough fights brewing in Congress without picking more.
House and Senate Democratic leaders came out guns blazing today when asked to review President Bush's State of the Union address, which included a vow to veto earmarks.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush blasted earmarking, the process by which special appropriations benefiting a limited cause or region are inserted into comprehensive spending bills.
The earmarks attached to the various versions of the Labor-HHS spending bill that President Bush vetoed earlier this week have been compiled into a single database by the nonprofit watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. The House, Senate, and conference versions of the bill and their 2,246 earmarks worth $1.055 billion can be viewed at the group's website.
'The culture [of Congress] is the thing that limits it from doing what is best.'