So much for Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) “renouncing earmarks”…
Senate Republicans’ ban on earmarks – money included in a bill by a lawmaker to benefit a home-state project or interest – was short-lived.
Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s water rights claim against the government.
Kyl slipped the measure into a larger bill sought by President Barack Obama and passed by the Senate on Friday to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians against the federal government. Kyl’s office insists the measure is not an earmark, and the House didn’t deem it one when it considered a version earlier this year.
But it meets the know-it-when-you-see-it test, critics say. Under Senate rules, an earmark is a spending item inserted “primarily at the request of a senator” that goes “to an entity, or (is) targeted to a specific state.”
Earmarking allows lawmakers to steer federal spending to pet projects in their states and districts. Earmarks take many forms, including road projects, improvements to home district military bases, sewer projects, economic development projects. A key trait is that they are projects that haven’t been sought by the administration in power.
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- Hypocrite: 3 Days After GOP Renounces Earmarks, Sen. Jon Kyl Gets One For $200 Million (oliverwillis.com)
- RIP, Republican Earmark Ban: 2010-2010 [Earmarks] (gawker.com)
- Anti-earmarker Jon Kyl slips $200 million earmark into bill (dailykos.com)
- Kyl: A 200 Million Dollar Earmark? No! It’s A…Settlement. Yeah! That’s the Ticket. (hotair.com)
- Kyl Seeks Big Earmark Three Days After GOP Earmark Ban (news.firedoglake.com)
- Remember the GOP’s earmark ban? (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Jon Kyl, others ignored Senate ban on earmarks (capitolhillblue.com)
- Kyl Gets $200 Million Arizona Earmark Just 3 Days After ‘Ban’ (huffingtonpost.com)