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Diana Evans

Professor of political science, Trinity College

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Would Bringing Back Pork-Barrel Spending End Government Shutdowns?

Banned since 2011, pork-barrel spending may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Now, a powerful Democratic lawmaker said she'd like to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier.

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A Return To Earmarks Could Grease The Wheels In Congress

Pork-barrel spending – that often reviled custom otherwise known as 'earmarks' – may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Banned since 2011, they may be making a comeback.

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