January 26th, 2009
10:59 PM ET

On the Radar: Will earmarks ban keep stimulus bill pork-free?

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tomorrow we'll be taking a new look at a long-running battle.

If you're a regular viewer, you know how we feel about pork in Washington.

We've aired multiple reports about the billions of dollars of earmarks that end up in legislation – from bridges to nowhere to skating rinks to museums for hobbits (okay, that last one didn't happen, as far as we know).

CNN's Drew Griffin has pressed lawmakers to come out of the shadows and own up to the pet projects they slip into federal bills. When the new Congress promised to crack down on earmarks, we were right there, Keeping Them Honest. But earmarks, like too many bad 80's bands, have never really disappeared - and now they have a new target: the $825 billion economic stimulus package that will soon come up for a vote.

President Obama has banned earmarks from the massive bill - a laudable move - but not everyone thinks it will keep pork out of the fine print. Some think lobbyists and lawmakers will find ways to funnel money to pet projects, ban or no ban.

Tomorrow, Joe Johns will be Keeping Them Honest, showing us some of the tricks that might be used to finagle money out of the stimulus package.

See you at 10 pm ET...

In the meantime, what are your thoughts about the stimulus package? Is it big enough? Too big? Are you hopeful that it will bring you relief? Send us a post, we'd love to hear from you

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  1. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I'm not against a stimulus package, but I don't want one rushed through, filled with pork hidden in the fine print. We are talking about billions of dollars and I've lost all patience to just accept that there will be some waste. My hope would be that it's a pinpoint aid package and not a gimme for people who will abuse it.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    January 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm |