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Congress, US Politics

Congressional earmarks- similar to, but not the same as pork barrel politics.

Fot the purposes of your exams you’ll not get bogged down in differentiating these things, but nonetheless a useful distinction is made in this wiki article. Ultimately you need to be aware of how successful pork politics or earmarks can substantially improve a congressman’s chances of re-election and here the horse-trading begins. The chairpersons of the Senate & the House Appropriations Committees thus have a huge degree of influence…and lots of fairweather friends 🙂

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earmark_(politics)

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