Compass: House passes $1.9 trillion in more COVID cash; earmarks on the horizon?

March 1, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where there are still 7,000 National Guard troops deployed, 5,000 of which will remain in Washington DC beyond the originally anticipated departure date of March 12. Security theater is now part of our daily lives. (Related: Conservatives to Pelosi: tear down this wall.) The House and Senate are in session this week. Early Saturday […]

DEMINT: Congress Threatens To Relapse Into An Old Addiction

December 4, 2020

Congressional earmarks — the drug of choice for big spending Congressmen and Senators who want to “bring home the bacon” — have been dead for ten years. But like a monster in a horror movie sequel, earmarks always threaten to come back to life. House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer recently said Congress will raise earmarks from the […]