Oink, Oink: Pork-Barrel Spending Hits Highest Level Since 2006

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  • Congress has passed more than $26 billion in earmarks during Fiscal Year 2023, the highest amount since 2006, the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste reported.
  • Members in both chambers were able to pass 7,396 earmarks into law in FY2023, according to CAGW’s pig book.
  • That number was up from 5,138 in FY2022, when Congress spent more than $19 billion on earmarks. Both chambers brought back pork in 2021, one decade after the parties announced a ban on the practice.