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Event (March 20, 2018): High on the Hog: Rethinking Earmarks and Congress

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Capitol Rotunda; Source: Wikimedia CommonsCongress approved a moratorium on earmarks in 2010 in face of accusations of wasteful spending and transactional politics powerfully invoked by the controversy over the “bridge to nowhere.” In the years since, Congress has suffered from an inability to solve hard problems. Numerous congressional reformers connect this gridlock in part to the absence of earmarks, which gave elected legislators “skin in the game” and an incentive to deliberate about bipartisan policymaking. Others argue that a return to earmarks will only complicate the legislative agenda and potentially further enhance the public’s skepticism about Congress and its members.

Please join AEI as a panel of scholars and experts discuss the merits and drawback of reintroducing, reforming, or avoiding congressional earmarking.

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9:45 AM

10:00 AM
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
Jason Grumet, Bipartisan Policy Center
Frances Lee, University of Maryland College Park
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI

10:50 AM

11:00 AM

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