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Pa. Senator backs expiration for highway earmarks

Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On February 2, 2011 @ 2:11 am In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey wants to put an expiration date on unspent highway “earmarks” through two bills he introduced in late January that would fix “orphan earmarks,” USA Today [1]reports [1].

“Open earmarks” occur when money Congress sets aside for pet projects do not get spent.

Casey, a Democrat, has introduced two bills last week: the Redistribution of Unspent Earmarks Act and the Use It or Lose It Act. Together, according to the Feb. 1 USA Today report. The bills would mandate that earmarks older than three years be returned to the states to use on any eligible highway project.

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