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Special Investigations Unit Correspondent
We’re waiting to find out if the U.S. Senator’s earmark requests this year will jam the Senate Appropriations computer. The deadline for getting those pet project requests in is next Friday, April 25. And if the requests are anything like their counterparts in the House, the computer will experience a “slow down”, as house staffers called it, due to the load of pet projects being requested.
But we’ve learned there is going to be a significant taxpayer savings from at least two U.S. Senators. Which two? Guess?
Senator Barak Obama, who last year requested 112 federal funding projects worth $330 million dollars, will have NO requests this year. He made the announcement while saying he no longer believes in the earmark process. What a difference a year makes.
Not one to fall too far behind the candidate she is chasing, Senator Hillary Clinton’s staff told us the Senator from New York is scaling back her requests, too. While not releasing her requests to CNN, the Senator’s staff sent a message saying the Senator will limit her earmarks to “the most critical needs for New York and America.” Last year Clinton’s requests amounted to $342 million.
So depending on how much Sen. Clinton scales back, and given Sen. Obama is saying no earmarks at all, the race for the democratic nomination may have just saved taxpayers nearly $700 million dollars.
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