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More on earmarks: Obama's chief of staff has some in bill

• McClatchy News
Even though President Barack Obama has repeatedly pledged to ban congressional earmarks, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has 16 such projects, worth about $8.5 million, in the bill the Senate is scheduled to begin debating Tuesday.

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Comment by Aaron Stichter
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Earmarks are just the specifications on how a lump of money that has already been approved will eventually get split up. Someone HAS to make these decisions. Either the legislators, the committees or the executive bureaucrats. The legislators represent the constituents and ask for local distribution. That is part of their job to alert the Federal branches what in their local area needs federal help. The money is already spent either way.

See my other comment here: