Greetings, Concerned Citizen!
Here’s your chance to investigate earmarks–those spending measures inserted by members of Congress into bills that direct taxpayer dollars to their pet projects. Are members using earmarks to meet pressing needs? Reward political supporters? Are they good public policy, or vehicles for pure pork? Every earmark is different, and we currently have over 3,000 of them online, ready and waiting for you to dig into.
The research framework we’re providing asks you specific questions about the recipient of the earmark and the member who sponsored it, and provides links to the sources of information you can search for answers.
You will also have an opportunity to provide additional information from your own research. We offer some suggestions and ideas for additional information you can find, but feel free to follow your own instincts.
“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.”
KNOW MORE ABOUT EARMARKING
It is the act of setting something aside funds for some projects or for any projects that will come in the future. For example, funds may be earmarked to pay for debt or the salary of the civil servant in case of a country. It’s commonly used to money that have been set aside in order to cater for a specific project; “The Minister of Finance had earmarked 10 billion dollars for a new economy initiative.” The senate and house calls it the provision that is meant for a particular program. The Budget and management office of the White House claims earmarks are meant to help the executive arm of the government to perform its responsibility more effectively. No matter who is given the definition we can’t deny that this earmark has been abuse of recent.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR, IN A PERFECT COUNTRY
National Park Services
Federal Building Constructions
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