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Vulnerable lawmakers from throughout the country are set to rake in federal cash for home-state projects after a major spending bill included the first round of earmarks in more than a decade. Read more»

Democrats and Republicans forged agreement early Wednesday on a spending package that will fund the government for the next eight months, as well as provide billions in emergency funding for COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. Read more»

The $7.1 billion in earmark, or 'community project funding,' requests from House members included everything from infrastructure to workforce training to police equipment. Arizona lawmakers’ requests were relatively modest compared to the rest of the House.

Congress restored earmarks this year, and more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests - but Arizona lawmakers were modest: No Republicans asked for earmarks and all five Democrats were in or near the bottom half of the amounts requested. Read more»

In Arizona, four Democrats have requested nearly $155 million in transportation earmarks for projects ranging from widening highways to developing infrastructure for electric buses to expanding the use of 'cool pavement' that aims to reduce urban heat islands.

Earmarks - money designated for specific projects in congressional spending bills - banished following intense public criticism of corruption and a lack of fairness, are back with new guidelines in the fight over infrastructure funds and four Arizona Democrats have requested nearly $155 million in transportation money. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said lifting a House ban on budget earmarks is like “feeding pork to the alligators” at a time when voters want to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

The House Republican Caucus sidestepped a proposal Wednesday that would have lifted a five-year-old ban on congressional earmarks, the special local “pork barrel” projects that can be slipped into budget bills with little public notice. Read more»

U.S. Sen. John McCain speaks at a town hall meeting Aug. 31 in Tucson.

Sen. John McCain incorrectly claimed that earmarks nearly doubled from $7.8 billion to $14.5 billion in Newt Gingrich's first two years as House speaker. Actually, the increase was about half that. Read more»

Michele Bachmann at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Ames Straw Poll.

Though she certainly has a challenger in Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has held the title of Tea Party favorite thus far in the presidential race, touting her opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, support of "intelligent design," and rejection of the scientific consensus that human activity is a leading cause of global warming. Read more»