In politics, pork is power. That’s why Democrats want to bring back pork in the form of “earmarks” after they were banned 11 years ago following several embarrassing scandals. Leading the parade for the return of earmarks is Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer (D), the House majority leader. Hoyer views them as advocacy tools for members of Congress and incentives to line up votes for major legislation. Quarrelsome Republicans, notably the Freedom Caucus, regard earmarks as illicit handouts that would empower Democrats.
Frank DeFilippo: Pork Is Political Power
March 2, 2021