Would bringing back pork-barrel spending end government shutdowns?
—Jan 06, 2019—
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Diana Evans, Trinity College
(THE CONVERSATION) For eight years, Congress has banned the use of earmarks, otherwise known as “pork-barrel spending.”
Earmarks paid for pet projects of legislators back in their districts, as a way of encouraging those officials’ votes for a spending bill.
But earmarks were seen by many members of the public as wasteful and distasteful.