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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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Anti-earmark advocates also assert that earmarking continues on back-channels, through letters and phone calls to the agencies--"letter-marking," or "phone-marking.
Presidential and agency earmarking may be less familiar than
Ken Silverstein did an excellent job of identifying the corrosive political effects of congressional earmarking, but it would probably take another full edition of Harper's to assess fully how this greed eats away at our national prosperity.
Although he lets its advocates make their case, often in their own words, Savage thinks academic earmarking is a bad practice.
In the belief that public scrutiny will end the practice of earmarking, spending-reform advocates in the Congress, like Representatives Brown and Fawell, try to force pork out of the back rooms and into the public domain through hearings and other public relations initiatives.
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.
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?
WASHINGTON -- Today, in response to the lengthy discussion of earmarks during last night's Republican debate, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), America's premier taxpayer watchdog and foremost earmark authority, published everything it knows about the remaining candidates' past relationships with pork-barrel spending and congressional earmarking.
Legislation to be sent for President Bush's signature would allow earmarking, but would make earmarks subject to scrutiny and challenge.
But Schiff, calling the earmarking process ``out of control,'' said the temporary ban is painful to his and other districts, but necessary.