Word on the Hill: Bush Will Reneg on Earmark Transparency Commmitment


Today, OMB was going to release a list of earmarks.

UPDATE: See the blog post above. Bill Allison talked to OMB about reasons for delay.

From Mark Tapscott:

Word is circulating on the Hill that the Bush administration is going to release only a limited database of earmarks later today or maybe no database at all, but just aggregate or summary data.

Seems the White House legislative staff fears releasing the database would offend members of the appropriation committees in Congress. So, the public gets the shaft, again, on a topic on which there is no doubt where the American people stand.

Note that this earmark suppression comes during Sunshine Week.

Emphasis mine. Not releasing the database offends members of the public.

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