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house Bill H.R. 4818

Pulled Pork Act: Should Congress be Prohibited From Bringing Back Earmarks?

Argument in favor

Congress was right to get rid of earmarks as they encouraged the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars and bred corruption. They should be banned, and agencies should block and report on any attempted backdoor earmarks.

Caroline's Opinion
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02/02/2018
Definitely, cut the waste out. If the “wall” ever gets funding that will be a total waste, and outdated before the first shovel of dirt is turned over. We have major REAL needs that are not being funded fully now, e.g., Medicaid, ACA, Medicare, Social Security, CHIP, education, EPA, climate change, UN, interstate infrastructure, etc.
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John's Opinion
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02/02/2018
Stop the bribery! Vote on a bill on it’s merit and not on side-deal pay-offs.
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Rain's Opinion
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02/02/2018
I think they should deliver clean bills without poison and money for entirely different projects built in.
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Argument opposed

It would be easier for Congress to pass legislation that significantly impacts the American people if they were able to cut deals involving earmarks that benefit reluctant members’ home districts.

Frank's Opinion
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02/02/2018
Anyone else notice how, the instant earmarks were curtailed, political gridlock and animosity skyrocketed? It’s more than a coincidence.
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Willow66's Opinion
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02/02/2018
Blanket spending bills without detail as to where the money is being spent is wrong. Earmarks aren't necessarily a bad thing, it's the abuse by Congress that is the real issue. Taxpayers should be able to look at the budget and see where the money is going.
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Matthew's Opinion
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02/02/2018
I don’t understand how we ever got to the point where the very point of a congressional representative is moot. The concept of bringing back earmarks is how a congress person represents their district. Earmarks create jobs, help make sure the district’s infrastructure is in shape, etc. If I elect someone I don’t want them just sitting there doing nothing.
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    Definitely, cut the waste out. If the “wall” ever gets funding that will be a total waste, and outdated before the first shovel of dirt is turned over. We have major REAL needs that are not being funded fully now, e.g., Medicaid, ACA, Medicare, Social Security, CHIP, education, EPA, climate change, UN, interstate infrastructure, etc.
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    Anyone else notice how, the instant earmarks were curtailed, political gridlock and animosity skyrocketed? It’s more than a coincidence.
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    Stop the bribery! Vote on a bill on it’s merit and not on side-deal pay-offs.
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    I think they should deliver clean bills without poison and money for entirely different projects built in.
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    Banned in 2011 and no reason to bring it back..wish we could ban republicans
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    Blanket spending bills without detail as to where the money is being spent is wrong. Earmarks aren't necessarily a bad thing, it's the abuse by Congress that is the real issue. Taxpayers should be able to look at the budget and see where the money is going.
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    What is wrong with voting on a single issue without the need for legalized bribes to get votes?
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    No Pork! Why can’t you greedy Congressional members get that?
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    I don’t understand how we ever got to the point where the very point of a congressional representative is moot. The concept of bringing back earmarks is how a congress person represents their district. Earmarks create jobs, help make sure the district’s infrastructure is in shape, etc. If I elect someone I don’t want them just sitting there doing nothing.
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    Earmarks are just a way to the buy the vote of a Congressperson for a bill that they otherwise wouldn’t vote for. It’s akin to bribery. Keep them banned!
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    Earmarks are an invitation for abuse in spending. Bringing it back would only increase the corruption in our already corrupt government.
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    We don’t need the government to waste anymore of our taxpayers money then they already do! What good would a new bridge to nowhere accomplish!!
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    Stop the bribery
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    I can’t believe anyone would agree to pork barrel spending. It would be like getting your family’s shopping list ready and then letting the kid come along and add any treats they would like; whether or not it is healthy or in the family budget.
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    Been there. Done that. No reason to think it would be any better on another go-round, ESPECIALLY in this incredibly dysfunctional political climate.
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    Keep bills clean. Earmarks are special interest only. Stop the BS!
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    It's ridiculous this is even a thing
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    Earmarks are nothing more than legalized bribery.
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    At a time where faith and approval in all three branches of government is so low, it makes absolutely no sense to bring back this tradition of flagrant, undiagnosed corruption and cronyism.
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    Yes...didn’t we already decide this? No pork, earmarks, special interest tag on’s. Clean up your act congress. No one sent you to DC to satisfy lobbyists.
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