September 21, 2014

Omnibus Raises Debate: Pork or Policy Directive?

January 22, 2014
Congressional Quarterly

Excerpt

While lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the omnibus spending bill earlier this month, Congressional Quarterly (CQ) reports some lawmakers are concerned the bill represents a return of earmarks -- provisions in legislation that direct budgetary resources to specific projects, usually in a particular legislator’s district. Joshua B. Gordon, policy director for The Concord Coalition, says these concerns are misplaced and that Congress, by passing appropriations bills, is operating its power of the purse.