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The Congressional Earmark Moratorium: Will It Last the Year?

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ronald D. Utt

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Banking and finance (Public finance)

Keywords: Budget; SAFETEA-LU; Homeland Security grants; earmark

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Courage and leadership matter most in establishing a pattern of fiscal responsibility in Washington. The leadership on both sides of the aisle needs to ensure that the moratorium on earmarks is not circumvented by backdoor maneuvering, and the President should insist that the moratorium be extended to future years and be prepared to veto any bills that contain earmarks.