pork barrel

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pork barrel

n. Slang
A government project or appropriation that yields jobs or other benefits to a specific locale and patronage opportunities to its political representative.

[From pork barrel, barrel for storing pork, supply of money.]

pork barrel

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) slang chiefly
a. a bill or project requiring considerable government spending in a locality to the benefit of the legislator's constituents
b. (as modifier): pork-barrel spending.
[C20: term originally applied to the Federal treasury considered as a source of lucrative grants]

pork′ bar`rel



n.
a government appropriation, bill, or policy that supplies funds for local improvements designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents.
[1905–10, Amer.]
pork′-bar`rel•ing, n.

pork barrel

A government project that brings investment and employment to a place represented by a particular member of a legislature.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pork barrel - a legislative appropriation designed to ingratiate legislators with their constituents
appropriation - money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose
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Rather than pass legislation to produce such cars years ago, Congress seem intent on shorter and shorter work weeks, endless raises, passing pork barrel legislation, or speaking loudly on possible use of steroids in sports.
As The Boston Globe recently reported, conference committees stuffed 3,407 bits of pork barrel legislation into this year's federal budget; in 1994, the last year Democrats controlled the House, 47 projects were added.
As much as everyone would prefer an all-encompassing energy bill passed, this issue is far too important to encumber with pork barrel legislation.