As GOP Slashes Budget, Lawmakers Who Built Careers on Earmarks Must Re-Brand

Behind the current spending debate in Washington, there exists a larger struggle to define what a Congress member should be.

Flag_Covered_CountryLawmakers have long considered it their primary job to bring home federal money. Now, the GOP wants its members to define themselves by what they can reduce, defund or terminate. That makes Reps. Harold Rogers (Ky.) and C.W. Bill Young (Fla.), who are masters of the old earmark culture, key indicators of whether the new model will work. But so far, these two have been left behind by the Republican Party’s aggressive freshmen.

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Source: David A. Fahrenthold and Philip Rucker | The Washington Post