Democratic leaders have agreed on a spending bill which contains No earmarks.Details Here. One detail involves the Army Corps of Engineers…
By declaring a one-time moratorium on earmarks, the Democratic leaders
are granting the Bush administration more leeway in spending. The Army
Corps of Engineers construction budget, for instance, typically
outlines funding for specific projects. But under the no-earmarks
pledge, Obey and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) decided that Congress cannot spell out spending, so they
opted to give a lump sum of $2.3 billion to the Army Corps — about $38
million less than it received in 2006 — and to allow the agency to
decide which projects deserve the money.
This will be an interesting year. ACE has been a pork barrel favorite of Congress for years. So no earmarks on the one hand is good news in that it gets their grubby hands away from projects.
On the other hand though is Bush. Not good.