Reid: ‘I have been a fan of earmarks’

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

Harry Reid likes earmarks.

The special projects that lawmakers inserted into legislation--often referred to as pork--have been gone for years, the victim of reform efforts by the conservative tea party, among others.

Reid, the Senate majority leader, lamented their disappearance.

“I have been a fan of earmarks since I got here the first day. Keep in mind, that's what the country has done for more than 200 years, except for the brief period of time in recent years that we haven't done these,” the Nevada Democrat told a Capitol news conference.

“I think it is wrong,” he said. “I disagree, underline, underscore, big exclamation marks, with Obama on earmarks. He's wrong. And I'll say this....if there needs to be more transparency than what we had, then fine, do it. But it is wrong to have bureaucrats downtown make decisions in Nevada that I can make better than they can make.

“I don't run away at all. This is something that's been going on for centuries in our country. And it has worked quite well.”

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