What's the best way Democrats can think of to save earmarks?
Especially in southern West Virginia, where 20 years of earmarks and seeking federal funding for road projects has led to numerous bridges to nowhere.
“As far as earmarks in general, I cannot for the life of me figure out why any congressman or senator would want to stop earmarks,” Sen. Richard Browning, D-Wyoming, a long-time supporter of the Coalfields Expressway project in southern West Virginia, said. “Less than 1 percent of the federal budget goes for earmarks. If they can’t bring money home for special projects, we have to rely upon bureaucrats in Washington to do that, and it doesn’t happen."
Senator Byrd is dead. Earmarks will soon be dead. Time to find other reasons to get federal money to West Virginia.
It's not looking good for them.