Top Democrats, who will soon control both the U.S. House and
Senate, said they plan to cut billions of dollars of "earmarked" projects out
of upcoming spending bills.
The Associated Press quotes Rep. David Obey, D-WI, as
saying flatly, "There will be no congressional earmarks."
Earmarks earned a bad name from several high-profile,
low-popularity projects - such as the so-called "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska,
and from former California congressman Randy Cunningham admitting he accepted
$2.4 million in bribes in return for "earmarking" projects for defense
contractors, according to The AP.