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White House Criticizes Senate Earmark Reform Bill January 12, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Politics, US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The White House said Friday that proposed Senate legislation doesn’t go far enough in clamping down on pork-barrel spending.

“The president remains committed to earmark reform, but real earmark reform,” Bush administration spokesman Tony Snow said.

The Senate bill isn’t as aggressive in tackling earmarks – spending items tucked into appropriations bills with little oversight – as a measure passed by the House. President George W. Bush has challenged lawmakers to cut the number and cost of earmarks in half, a goal the White House says isn’t met by the Senate bill.

The White House wants reform that makes it clear who is proposing the earmark, where the money is going, how much money is involved and why. The Senate bill “really doesn’t do that,” because it would require disclosure of earmarks for federal entities or prohibit the concealment of earmarks in Congressional report language.

By Henry J. Pulizzi, Dow Jones Newswires

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