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“Members want Congress to help their communities, particularly now as the pandemic exposed so many inequalities and needs,” DeLauro said in a statement. “Community Project Funding (NOTE: Looks Like Earmarks Have A New Name) will allow Members to put their deep, first-hand understanding of the needs of their communities to work to help the people we represent.”
- Total earmark spending (House & Senate) will be capped at 1% of discretionary spending. The fiscal 2021 discretionary spending total is about $1.3 trillion, meaning the cap could be around $13 billion.
- Each subcommittee will vet earmark requests. All earmarks have to comply with the full committee spending cap.
- Earmark requests will follow the 2010 standards. Including … earmarks are filed online, members cannot have a financial stake in the entity receiving the earmark, etc.
- GAO will review some of the fiscal year 2022 earmarks to ensure they are in compliance with standards.
- For-profit companies will be excluded under House guidelines
“I have always believed that members of Congress have a better understanding of their communities than Washington bureaucrats,” Leahy said. “We are in good faith negotiations with the House and my Senate colleagues to bring back Congressionally directed spending in a transparent and responsible way, and those discussions are ongoing.”
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- First, the dramatic increase in absentee voting in 2020 contributed to increased voter turnout. Even after controlling for 2016 turnout and swing state status, the prevalence of absentee voting in a state was a significant predictor of turnout in 2020. Eased absentee voting rules were not the only reason for increased turnout in 2020, but they did make a difference.
- Second, increased absentee voting did not favor Joe Biden’s candidacy. After controlling for 2016 Democratic vote margin, the prevalence of absentee voting in a state had no effect at all on 2020 Democratic vote margin.