Battle escalates against pork-barrel politics


  • M. Catherine White


Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman George E. Brown, Jr., (D-Calif.) has stepped up his fight against congressional earmarking and is now waging his battle on two fronts—in Congress and at the executive level. Earmarking targets funds for a specific unauthorized, unpeer-reviewed project or facility in an appropriations bill or its accompanying report.

While Congress has a long history of ear-marking for public works projects, it has only been within the last decade that earmarking invaded the research arena. The practice has become widespread because of the increasing costs of research and the enormous need for funds to repair and renovate aging academic buildings.