In case you missed it, Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco, discussed earmarks or the lack thereof in a NYT’s piece that appeared Saturday. The story pointed out that earmarks, a.k.a. pork or money appropriated by Congress for specific projects in specific districts, have paid for many public improvements throughout District 19. But that is coming to a halt.
“I am not questioning the worthiness of filtering Lake Oscawana (in Putnam Valley),” Hayworth told the Times. (That was a reference to $400,000 obtained by her predecessor, John Hall, to improve the lake’s water quality.)
“Is this a project to which federal tax dollars should be directed, or is this a project another authority should be responsible for?,” she continued.
Both houses of Congress recently agreed to temporarily end the practice and President Obama during his State of the Union address threatened to veto any legislation containing such spending.
As a candidate last year, Hayworth signed a “no pork” pledge.
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