Earmarks

Zachary Courser and Kevin R. Kosar have an AEI report titled “Restoring the power of the purse: Earmarks and re-empowering legislators to deliver local benefits” Key Points Article I of the US Constitution gives Congress the authority to decide the amount...

Earmarks

NY Times editorial: Despite their bad reputation, earmarks are not inherently corrupt. Since America’s earliest days, they have proved a useful tool for building coalitions. (The first known instance of congressional earmarking dates to the Lighthouse Act of 1789.)...

Reformers

At The Washington Post, Paul Kane writes on Tom Graves, Derek Kilmer, and the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: They believe that if members of Congress could be in charge of directing funding to their districts, they will be much more invested in the...