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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 01:00 PM
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Obama weighs 'name and shame' strategy
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Its extremely common for members of Congress, from both parties, to send letters to executive-branch agencies, seeking funding for one project or another. Its generally considered a shortcut around earmarks lawmakers dont put the requests in the bill, but they press the administration afterwards.

These letters from the Hill are hardly ever seen by the public; theyre generally just considered bureaucratic, behind-the-scenes correspondence. The White House, however, is reportedly weighing a new name and shame strategy.

In a move that could escalate hostilities with Congress, President Obama may be planning to use his executive authority to publicize special funding requests that lawmakers make for pet projects.

A memo that the White House has floated on Capitol Hill would require executive branch agencies to make public any letter from a member of Congress seeking special consideration for any project or organization vying for government funding. National Journal obtained a draft copy of the executive memo.


full: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_...

and: http://www.nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/name-and-sham...
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