Senate appropriations earmark requests start rolling in

Other sizable Manchin requests include $7 million for a community development center at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and $4 million for an activity center in Baker, W.Va., including “a pool, racquetball courts, indoor basketball court, tennis court, public library, fitness center, table tennis with an attached shell building with inside walking/jogging track.”

Not-so-permanent ban

The number of GOP senators requesting earmarks is of particular interest after the party opted to leave its “permanent ban” on earmarks in its rules earlier this year during a closed-door meeting. 

Top Republicans, including Shelby and Missouri’s Roy Blunt, the ranking member on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, were adamant the outcome of the meeting didn’t really matter because the rule wasn’t binding on members.

Republicans’ earmark requests are also important because they will determine how much finding GOP senators ultimately get for their states.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., originally said in March that Republicans would receive half of the earmarked funds in the fiscal 2022 spending bills.

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