This bill — known as the Pulled Pork Act — would prohibit Congress from using earmarks to allocate federal spending to a specific state, locality, or congressional district in a way other than through a formula-driven or competitive award process. Earmarks have been banned in Congress since 2011 by conference rules but those can be changed by each chamber at its discretion. This bill would also require federal agencies to submit an annual report to the Office of Management and Budget detailing attempted earmarks that were ineligible for funding, along with the total annual savings from denying those attempted earmarks.
What is House Bill H.R. 4818?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4818
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced this bill to prohibit Congress from using earmarks to spend taxpayer dollars:
“Congress made the right decision when it ended the practice of earmarks. Earmarks represent a return to political favoritism, unethical practices, and wasteful government spending. Our constituents deserve better and I believe that compromise, not pork barrel projects, is how we cut through partisan gridlock.”
Original cosponsor Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) added:
“For years, earmarks wrought corruption and ballooned the national deficit. That is why they were banned by the House of Representatives and Senate in 2011. We mustn’t return to this wasteful manner of spending. We must remain resolute in our ethical governance.”
A recent House hearing on the potential return of earmarks to Congress brought proponents from both sides of the aisle who praised earmarks as a dealmaking tool.
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Pulled Pork Act
To prohibit the use of Federal funds made available in the form of an earmark, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AppropriationsCommittee on Oversight and ReformIntroducedJanuary 17th, 2018
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