comscore Congressional Republicans focus on an earmark ban that could hurt Hawaii projects | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Congressional Republicans focus on an earmark ban that could hurt Hawaii projects

[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

 

As Republicans in Washington coalesce around a ban on congressionally directed spending — otherwise known as “earmarks” — tremors are being felt all the way in Hawaii.

Starting next year, appropriations bills that are approved by the Republican-controlled House are unlikely to contain any earmarks. The Senate GOP caucus yesterday approved its own two-year moratorium.

That could leave earmarks sponsored by Senate Democrats — and particularly Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Inouye, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman — in a precarious position.

And that means the gravy train for Hawaii, which over the years has received hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks, may soon be severely curtailed or even eliminated.

 

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up