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earmark

taking a piece out of the edge or center of the ear with a punch as an identification mark. The shape of the mark may be registerable under local legislation.
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Although the resolution mentioned appropriations and neglected to include authorizations, its intent was to identify Congress as the source of earmarking.
Not surprisingly, some members of Congress consider this definition of earmarking to be an insult to the Congress.
Anti-earmark advocates also assert that earmarking continues on back-channels, through letters and phone calls to the agencies--"letter-marking," or "phone-marking.
Republicans who were disposed to criticize them as corrupt supported what has been termed an explosion of earmarking before reversing field and banning the process.
The 2012 Pig Book will show that while the practice of earmarking still lingers, Congress has made significant progress toward reducing the number and cost of earmarks.
In addition to inviting fraudulent behavior, earmarking diverts lawmakers' attention from important national business, like controlling the nation's ballooning $15.
Waxman is among the few Democrats who agreed earmarking has gone too far.
If he holds to that threat, the political logrolling that feeds earmarking excesses will have to be drastically curtailed.
He also targeted another form of earmarking, even more opaque, in which special spending is slipped into the explanatory reports that accompany legislation that already has been passed.
A case in point: The same night he was ushering through legislation that would cripple the current process for earmarking spending, Pence told me, "We need a Contract With America Renewed," He and other House conservatives liked the idea so much they proposed a bill by that name.
If earmarking public funds for specified research projects and facilities is for many "garish, ugly, and bizarre," why is the practice so robust?
Since Savage dates academic earmarking back to 1977, when Tufts University sought and received the first earmark for research, we should be able to tell whether earmarks gave the recipients traction in competing for federal research funds.