Bay Area Dems request $2.3 billion in earmarks

Thirteen Bay Area members of Congress have requested $2.3 billion for projects in next year’s federal budget, ranging from earthquake retrofits for the Golden Gate Bridge to a bike trail in Bodega Bay. The projects, known as earmarks, would primarily benefit their own constituents.

The members’  requests are among hundreds of such projects submitted for consideration by California members of Congress, and for the first time, House members are required to post their requests on the Appropriations Committee Web site, offering an easy look into their local priorities.

Earmarks have become a flash point in the debate over balancing the federal budget. Fiscal conservatives decry the spending as wasteful, while others say earmarks are necessary to direct federal spending to worthwhile projects.

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  • jelohman

    Nothing is going to change until we have public funding of campaigns. As it is, the rich fund the elections and the politicians write the laws (or deregulate) to benefit the rich. What is it about money do we not understand?

    California blew one chance for public funding of campaigns, and if they are smart they’ll pass the referendum coming up in November.

    If politicians are going to be beholden to their funders, those funders should be the taxpayers. And at $5 per taxpayer per year it would be a bargain. Even at 100 times that. We MUST lobby our senators and representative to co-sponsor the bill at:

    Jack Lohman …

  • oeno

    Everyone is aware that earmarks are merely requests for money from a particular agency for a precise matter, right?

    The money has already been budgeted to any number of agencies and the earmarks are just the way that Congress says, “Agency X is spending Y amount of money and I’d like Z for my district.”

    A better idea than these people putting a moratorium on earmarks for a year or so would be finding out which agencies tend to get those earmark requests in general and how much from each agency is being earmarked.

  • emem

    I can barely afford my own state let alone fund bankrupt California boondogles.

  • rainmaker1145

    This won’t end until Republicans cease asking for earmarks. As long as a single Republican senator or representative asks for an earmark then Democrats will continue to do this. It ALL has to end or it will NEVER end. Period the end.