August Brown Bags: Laura Blessing

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Date(s) - 08/22/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building


Event Description

Laura Blessing (senior fellow, The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University) will highlight her ongoing research on the effects of the earmarks ban on congressional capacity. Congressional earmarks, often derided as “pork,” used to enable legislators to get projects funded in their districts. This long-used tool, banned after the 2010 elections, has an interesting history and politics, and its discontinuation has prompted greater congressional dysfunction. From imperiling previously bipartisan appropriations bills, to lowering the status of appropriators, to making it more difficult for party leadership to control their members, the earmarks ban has had wide-ranging effects on Congress.

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Location: Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars building, 200 Maryland Ave. NE