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S. 501: Earmark Elimination Act of 2021

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Friends, Romans, countrymen… end me your earmarks.


Also sometimes called “congressionally directed spending” or more derisively “pork,” earmarks are the awarding of a specific project (such as for transportation infrastructure) at the request of a specific member of Congress, rather than being decided by a government agency..

“Earmark” had become a dirty word in politics by the late 2000s and early 2010s, particularly after the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.” Pushed by both an Alaska representative and senator, the projected $398 million bridge was slated to connect an Alaskan town to an island with only 50 residents. The plan became the most famous national example of the kind of expensive government waste possible with earmarks. All told, however, earmarks accounted for less than one half of one percent of the …

Sponsor and status

Steve Daines

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Montana. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Mar 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 1, 2021

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13 Cosponsors (13 Republicans)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 1, 2021

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