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In September 2001, OMB Director Mitch Daniels re-opened the R&D earmarks debate when he requested that members of the academic research community refrain from seeking earmarks as part of an Bush Administration effort to streamline federally funded research and contain overall discretionary spending. Earmarks, according to Daniels, were putting a strain on some government science budgets and forcing appropriators to forego research projects that would otherwise merit funding. This came in the wake of earlier efforts to monitor R&D earmarks and explore ...
It became a sort of poster child for fiscal responsibility — a clean-coal power plant in Illinois that was one of then-Sen. Barack Obama ’s pet projects. Democrats insisted they were so serious about keeping pork out of the stimulus bill that it was President Obama himself who blocked the FutureGen project from the massive spending package. “It shows that we’re serious about it,” Brendan Daly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ’s spokesman, said at the time. “The speaker said it, and the president said it: There will not be earmarks in this bill.” ... Read More
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