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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.
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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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I cannot help feeling that it is pork-barrel spending," said Noda, a supreme adviser of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, in a speech in Washington, referring to a roughly 6 trillion yen stimulus package the premier unveiled earlier in the day ahead of the sales tax hike in April.
This commitment to budget constraint enabled by FILP delivered economic benefits and was central to the postwar political bargain of budget restraint without sacrificing spending, he argues, but came at the cost of heavy intervention in finance, deferred fiscal burden, and the political challenge of reforming the program once the quality of its investments and loans deteriorated by the 1980s because the LDP had exploited the program too much in order to balance competing interests between fiscal hawks and pork-barrel politicians in order to maintain political power.
As a centrist Democrat, he took on powerful committee chairs and leaders of his own party, rejecting their most prized pork-barrel projects in the name of fiscal discipline.
After all, one man's investment is another man's wasteful, budget-busting pork-barrel excess.
Yet on Capitol Hill, shameless pork-barrel politics reigns.
It's revealing that the president characterizes a last-ditch effort to fulfill the federal government's century-old obligation to rural timber counties as pork-barrel politics and special-interest spending.
15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tim Phillips, president of the national free-market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity, today released the following statement in response to a Memorandum that Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Rob Portman sent to department and agency heads instructing them to not fund non-binding pork-barrel earmarks that are not included in the actual text of the Continuing Resolution / Omnibus spending bill he signed today:
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It is a sad state of affairs when much-needed funding for our troops in Iraq, communities destroyed by last year's hurricanes and sick and disabled veterans is held hostage by a dispute over billions of dollars in pork-barrel earmarks stuffed into an "emergency" spending bill.
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