January 14, 2022
Return Of The Pork In D.C. 🐷 🐷
Last year, we warned that Democrats were bringing back earmarks, aka wasteful “pork projects” lawmakers slip into spending bills. As of this week, the pigs have officially gone to the D.C. market.
Members of Congress are working on a funding bill to keep the federal government afloat. But instead of focusing on smart, necessary spending, House representatives have already tried to pack nearly 3,000 earmarks into the bill. Most of these would subsidize pet projects in blue states—like Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) Afro-LatinX Immigrant COVID-19 Workforce Re-Engagement program. The Senate’s not doing much better. More than 60 senators—mostly Dems—have crammed their own bacon into the bill.
Altogether, this pork will cost taxpayers about $10 billion. spending bills
Fortunately, many GOP lawmakers—like Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)—are still refusing to jump on the earmark train. This is good news for American taxpayers, who shouldn’t be forced to fund D.C. politicians’ personal wishlists.
→ Read more: The E-word is poised for a Capitol Hill comeback (Washington Post)
→ Read more: 2021 congressional pig book (Citizens Against Government Waste)
Biden Crossed A Line 😡
President Joe Biden’s speech about voting rights on Tuesday was an utter disgrace.
He kicked off his remarks by renewing attacks on GOP voting laws like Georgia’s, claiming they were “designed to suppress your vote.” False. Georgia’s bill opens voting access more than many blue states (i.e., New York). Then, Biden proceeded to compare opponents of the Democrats’ federal election takeover bill—so at least 50 senators—to segregationists. Even Democrats are admitting the absurdity of these claims. One said, “Perhaps the president went a little too far.” That’s an understatement if we’ve ever heard one.
On Monday, our country celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.—a remarkable American hero who advanced civil rights by speaking the truth. Biden’s speech invoked Mr. King’s name to make false claims about election integrity and American democracy. That’s wrong on so many levels.
→ Read more: Durbin: Perhaps Biden’s Atlanta speech ‘went a little too far’ (National Review)
→ Read more: Georgia secretary of state defends GOP voting law against Biden’s ‘cheap political rhetoric’ (Washington Examiner)