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senate Bill S. 2330

Should Earmarks Be Permanently Banned?

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Earmarks promote corruption by allowing lawmakers to waste taxpayer money on projects that don’t serve the public good and instead serve their political or personal interests. They’ve gotten members of Congress in legal trouble in the past, so the ban on earmarks should be permanent.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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12/26/2018
Yes. Yes to the Senate bill S.2330 the Earmark Elimination Act of 2018 I’m I support of the Senate bill S. 233 AKA the Earmark Elimination Act of 2018 — would establish a point of order in the Senate against considering legislation that includes an earmark. This would make the temporary moratorium on congressional earmarks put into effect in 2010 permanent. Earmarks promote corruption by allowing lawmakers to waste taxpayer money on projects that don’t serve the public good and instead serve their political or personal interests. They’ve gotten members of Congress in legal trouble in the past, so the ban on earmarks should be permanent. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*26*18....
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Lionman's Opinion
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12/26/2018
Earmarks were never a good idea, they junk up and muddy the waters when it comes to dealing with issues on a bill. It needs to be clear cut and straightforward when it comes to legislation.
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Hillary's Opinion
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12/26/2018
There should be no need for anything to sweeten deals because there should be none of that “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine” dealing going on. A project is either necessary or it is not. Legislators have long used federal money to employ workers in their home state for big projects like roads or bridges to nowhere. That must stop. If this country is to remain ONE country then state A can no longer try to swipe money from states B, C, and D in a deal backed by state E! Every legislator from every state must work together for the good of every citizen regardless of the state they live in.
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Argument opposed

Earmarks help facilitate deal-making in government, which helps lawmakers get legislation passed. They also help lawmakers from smaller or more rural districts bring needed money to their districts. As long as there is proper oversight earmarks help more than hurt.

Carl's Opinion
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12/26/2018
Unfortunately, earmarks are the vehicle in which things get accomplished en masse. Without earmarks even less public business will get finished.
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murf's Opinion
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12/26/2018
Earmarks are a tool to help gain compromise. As long as it’s done in the open, there is no problem. It’s the grease that keeps the wheels of progress moving forward. There perhaps should be a max value set for earmarks, for instance no more than 1% of an appropriations bill.
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George's Opinion
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12/26/2018
Some look down on this practice but imbedded in bipartisanship is the ability to compromise. Since the elimination of earmarks gridlock has become worse because there is no leverage between parties or regions to advance improvements and therefore nothing gets done. For every “bridge to nowhere” there were hundreds of worthwhile improvements to constituents everyday lives.
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    Yes. Yes to the Senate bill S.2330 the Earmark Elimination Act of 2018 I’m I support of the Senate bill S. 233 AKA the Earmark Elimination Act of 2018 — would establish a point of order in the Senate against considering legislation that includes an earmark. This would make the temporary moratorium on congressional earmarks put into effect in 2010 permanent. Earmarks promote corruption by allowing lawmakers to waste taxpayer money on projects that don’t serve the public good and instead serve their political or personal interests. They’ve gotten members of Congress in legal trouble in the past, so the ban on earmarks should be permanent. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*26*18....
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    Unfortunately, earmarks are the vehicle in which things get accomplished en masse. Without earmarks even less public business will get finished.
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    Earmarks were never a good idea, they junk up and muddy the waters when it comes to dealing with issues on a bill. It needs to be clear cut and straightforward when it comes to legislation.
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    There should be no need for anything to sweeten deals because there should be none of that “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch mine” dealing going on. A project is either necessary or it is not. Legislators have long used federal money to employ workers in their home state for big projects like roads or bridges to nowhere. That must stop. If this country is to remain ONE country then state A can no longer try to swipe money from states B, C, and D in a deal backed by state E! Every legislator from every state must work together for the good of every citizen regardless of the state they live in.
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    In the past, earmarking led to terrible problems like corruption, diverting of funds, the famous “bridge to nowhere”. We cannot go back to a system like that, we are not even in a place to be spending money left and right like that. Be smart about where fund are allocated.
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    Earmarks are a tool to help gain compromise. As long as it’s done in the open, there is no problem. It’s the grease that keeps the wheels of progress moving forward. There perhaps should be a max value set for earmarks, for instance no more than 1% of an appropriations bill.
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    Earmarks = payoffs by Congressional members is actually very problematic and antithesis to our American policies...
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    Permanently ban earmarks. They are a really bad idea. More wasteful spending is what earmarks are.
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    Stop stuffing your pork into other bills. Get a separate bill for your pet project. Separate bills for everything so that our legislative branch can grind to a halt like the founders intended. The point of the Constitution was to make it as difficult as possible for any governance to get done.
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    Some look down on this practice but imbedded in bipartisanship is the ability to compromise. Since the elimination of earmarks gridlock has become worse because there is no leverage between parties or regions to advance improvements and therefore nothing gets done. For every “bridge to nowhere” there were hundreds of worthwhile improvements to constituents everyday lives.
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    Favorable benefits doled out by a legislator to his/her select constituents is akin to buying votes or seducing large campaign contributions in quid pro quo deals! These sorts of questionable or even corrupt practices must be prohibited.
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    Corruption in politics is so rampant in Washington DC that something should be done to help stem the growth of lawlessness. Audit the US federal government and show the american people the results of the audit. We can hear the truth and uncover what is hidden. Investigate the whole bloody mess. Both the democrat party and the republican party and the independents too all of them. That would be money well spent.
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    Earmarks were never a good idea, they junk up and muddy the waters when it comes to dealing with issues on a bill. It needs to be clear cut and straightforward when it comes to legislation.
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    No. I recommend we not ban earmarks until right after we ban lobbyists. Neither will ever happen so let’s move on to the important business of reopening our government.
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    It’s definitely a sneaky way to fund programs of welfare and nonsense programs, do we really need to study things like how many times a democrat craps its pants between the hours of 02:00-03:00 while listening to an audio of the constitution. A bit of sarcasm. They do have a lot of just silly programs to study like this and they are often attached to Bill since he stopped, no two bills should be attached. Everything should be voted on and debated separately. Something that would correct this and quickly would be term limits on everyone in all of government. No more career politicians.
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    Earmarks are for crooks that revert to devious ways to bribe each other. STOP EARMARKS.
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    Absolutely!
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    One bill, one vote, enough of mixing bills together. This practice makes it harder to pass bills that all Americans want passed, like DACA which they GOP (greedy old pricks) keep trying to attach to boarder security.
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    Keep working to stop corruption!!!Our National leaders should lead by example. Show Trump how life is supposed to be.
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    Heck yes
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