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Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-29-08 06:56 PM
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11. Here you go.
Edited on Tue Jan-29-08 07:03 PM by Nickster
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/2008012...

Sec. 3. Definitions. For purposes of this order:

b) the term "earmark" means funds provided by the Congress for projects, programs, or grants where the purported congressional direction (whether in statutory text, report language, or other communication) circumvents otherwise applicable merit-based or competitive allocation processes, or specifies the location or recipient, or otherwise curtails the ability of the executive branch to manage its statutory and constitutional responsibilities pertaining to the funds allocation process.


In the policy statement at the beginning, it talks about non-statutory, but I'm guessing that they are really using a loophole and identifying certain earmarks as non-statutory based on their interpretation. In the definition, it looks to me like he's basically saying he'll wipe out whatever he wants regardless of the intention of Congress. I'm no legal scholar, so I'll leave it to the experts to hash it all out.
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