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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In a statement, Colmenares on Sunday slammed a House of Representatives subcommittee proposal that would 'enshrine' pork barrel in the proposed federal Constitution.
There have been many Cha-chas in the previous administrations but this is the first Cha-cha that contains a Constitution with pork barrel enshrined," the Bayan Muna chairman said in a statement sent to House reporters Sunday.
MANILA, Philippines There are no pork barrel funds in the 2018 national budget in the sense that the Supreme Court (SC) had defined such appropriations, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariaas insisted yesterday.
The objectives of this program were to invest in local infrastructure to support an increase in affordable housing but instead Labor used the money to pork barrel its own electorates.
The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice filed on Monday afternoon with the Office of the Ombudsman plunder and malversation of public funds charges against suspected pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles, 3 Philippine senators and five former congressmen.
But Pete Sepp, spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union, a group that is critical of pork barrel spending, notes that when Clinton was President, the federal government had a surplus.
In November 2013, Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and three of his staff, Marilou Dialino Bare, Rosario Salamida Nunez and Lalaine Narag Paule, were included in the list of lawmakers and individuals under investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam.
There is another dimension to this unfolding scandal over the Sanofi vaccines that might tend to be underplayed: the outrageous fact that the drugs were distributed following the typical lines of the pork barrel.
stressed this as critics pointed out that pork barrel is not illegal but stealing is.
This early, political pundits in the Philippines are predicting that Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, will join the Wheelchair Club of the Philippines.
Lawmakers today welcomed President Aquino's order for an immediate investigation on the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam to clear the names of the innocent and push for reforms the soonest possible time.