Friday, November 19, 2010

Obama now supports ending congressional budget 'earmarks'?

President Barack Obama and House Republicans leaders may actually have found something to agree on: Eliminating congressional "earmarks" from the federal budget.

They represent less than 1 percent of federal spending, but they have come to symbolize Washington's wasteful ways. When huge spending bills are working their way through Congress, legislators often tuck in a provision, known as an "earmark," that requires a government agency to fund a particular local project, even when the agency officials think the money could be better spent elsewhere.

In his Saturday radio address, Obama said that curtailing or eliminating "earmarks" would be a first step toward restoring fiscal responsibility.

After two years of administration put downs and dismissals of the idea, Obama now supports ending congressional budget 'earmarks'.

Isn't this another policy switch which could have help some defeated Democrats in tight races get reelected, if announced back in August or September?

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