Congressman Boehner: No Earmarks in American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act
Congressman John Boehner
January 30, 2012
“While Republicans will likely tie the Keystone project to the new jobs bill, Boehner said that ‘there will be no earmarks in this bill.’ ‘One of our great successes of last year is that we passed all these bills, done good work, working with the Senate, with no earmarks,’ Boehner said.”
The practice of using highway bills to funnel taxpayer dollars to earmarks – without discussion or debate – proliferated in the 1980s under a Democratic Congress, and expanded under majorities of both parties.
According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the 2005 highway bill which Congressman Boehner opposed and voted against had 5,671 highway earmarks worth $21.7B, and the total number of earmarks exceeded 6,300. The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act
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