Waste of the Week: Lawmakers on Capitol Hill Look to Cut Spending Amid Thousands of Earmark Projects 31_TND_earmarks

February 10, 2023 10:52 AM



Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking to cut spending and make sure Americans in the future are not stuck paying for someone else's bills.

Founder and CEO of Open the Books Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat Friday morning to discuss the thousands of earmarks in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill. The bill is loaded with billions of funding for projects directed by members of Congress.

Georgia Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson used the omnibus spending bill to get $3.6 million to extend the Michelle Obama Trail outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

“The first six miles cost local taxpayers about $4 million," Andrzejewski said. "Now with the addition of 4.5 miles this is going to cost you and I, federal taxpayers, $3.6 million. Now look, I'm a marathon runner. I love these trails, but what I don't love is paying for the trail down in Georgia.”

This will be the second expansion since the trail's construction began back in 2018. Prior funding for the project came from local sources like the DeKalb County government where it's located.

“They used to pay for it but now with the spigot opened up at the federal level with these federal earmark projects, these member pet projects where they can bring federal dollars locally, we’ve got a situation where all of us are paying for these things," Andrzejewski said.

Andrzejewski says members of Congress are "addicted" to spending tax dollars and the problem is bipartisan.


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