Bachmann’s Tea Party Group Grabbed $1 Billion In Earmarks

December 2, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—So much for that no earmarks pledge to appease the tea party. The members of the wacky Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) little tea party club have had their hands out for more than $1 billion in federal pork. For example, the unhinged Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has scored $7 million in earmarks for his District and the infamous, presidential heckler, Joe ‘You lie” Wilson has added $23.3 million to the federal budget.

Although Bachmann, along with 13 of her fellow members have not requested any pork this past year, the rest of her tea party Caucus have requested $1,049,783,150 in federal pork.

Hotline On Call has the goods:

“According to a Hotline review of records compiled by Citizens Against Government Waste, the 52 members of the caucus, which pledges to cut spending and reduce the size of government, requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1,049,783,150 during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available.

“It’s disturbing to see the Tea Party Caucus requested that much in earmarks. This is their time to put up or shut up, to be blunt,” said David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste. “There’s going to be a huge backlash if they continue to request earmarks.”

Despite the GOP earmark ban, a number of Republicans have tried to have it both ways, by narrowing the “official” definition of earmarks. Bachmann ridiculously suggested that earmarks should be banned, except for those infrastructure projects important to her state. Of course, every lawmaker believes the requested pork is vitally important to their states.

Bachmann explained her unique earmark philosophy to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

[W]hen it comes to her own district, she’s in favor of a little earmark “redefinition.” Because what is an earmark, after all?

“Advocating for transportation projects for one’s district in my mind does not equate to an earmark,” Bachmann told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune yesterday.

“I don’t believe that building roads and bridges and interchanges should be considered an earmark,” Bachmann continued. “There’s a big difference between funding a tea pot museum and a bridge over a vital waterway.”

And the beat goes on.


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