Maurice Harris

In today's The Hill, an article points to the excesses of pork barrel spending by Democrats and Republicans in the Defense Authorization Bill going through the Senate. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the panel, are on the top of the list of requesting pork projects.

Clinton received 26 earmarks worth about $148.4 million total...Meanwhile, Levin's tally far exceeded Clinton's take: 45 earmarks worth about $210 million.

The only two senators who did not request projects: Missouri's own Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Both of the senators  have sponsored earmark-disclosure language as part of the bill's markup. Luckily there are some senators that understand the problems of pork-barrel spending and the drain it is on the U.S. treasury. Good job, Sen. McCaskill, for refusing to include more pork projects that take money out of the pocket of Missouri taxpayers.

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Maurice Harris