Ouch: DHS slapped for attempting executive earmark

Ai Yi Yi!

Dept of Homeland Security wants to open a computer investigations center in Alabama but Chertoff attempted to fund it by “creating the Bush administration’s equivalent of an earmark.”

That prompted House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee
Chairman David Price, D-N.C., and ranking member Harold Rogers, R-Ky.,
to single out Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for creating
the Bush administration’s equivalent of an earmark.

In this case,
they said, Chertoff made a unilateral decision to divert money away
from state and local grants to support the Alabama training center.

“This
is outrageous,” Rogers said at the hearing. “By the Constitution, no
dollar can be spent but for an appropriation of the Congress. That’s as
elementary as you can get.

“And here’s a fairly significant
program — it’s certainly expensive — where we learn about it in a
press account, that the secretary decided apparently on his own, and
apparently with your concurrence,” Rogers told Sullivan.

Sullivan [Secret Service
Director Mark Sullivan]
replied:“Chairman Price, Congressman Rogers, I apologize if we did
something here — well, obviously, we did — that we shouldn’t have
done.
Our intention here was to … do what we thought was a good thing
for state and local law enforcement,” according to a transcript of the
hearing. (all emphasis mine)

Chertoff and Sullivan were last seen engaged in a caged death match of this

One thought on “Ouch: DHS slapped for attempting executive earmark

  1. MapleStreet says:

    You’re absolutely right that only Congress can appropriate. Couldn’t agree with you more.
    But I’m also confused – I thought Shrub called on the Congress to abandon earmarks?????

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