Senate congressionally directed spending requests reflect partisan divide

Overall, 64 senators made 8,055 requests totaling $26.8 billion. Far fewer Republicans participated than Democrats. Only 16 GOP senators submitted requests, including a few senior members like Appropriations Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), Budget Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD). Only two Democrats, Jon Tester (D-MT) and Margaret Hassan (D-NH) declined to participate. This is in marked contrast to the House, where 122 of 212 (57.5 percent) GOP members requested earmarks…. (Read more)

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