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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.]
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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]
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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.
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pork barrel

A government project that brings investment and employment to a place represented by a particular member of a legislature.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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 July 2013, in the wake of the pork barrel controversy, then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima opened an investigation into a racket that channeled Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations of lawmakers into fictitious projects.
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Representative Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), the House Majority Leader, says the practice began escalating during the Clinton presidency, when Republican lawmakers decided they had "the right to direct spending to our districts, rather than wait on some bureaucrat to decide whether it was a useful project or not." 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.
'There maybe no guarantee for that as Filipinos are very creative, but one is certain, as before, the President will exercise line veto power to remove any pork barrel item,' Panelo told INQUIRER.net in a text message.
And now, it is also turning out that his highly touted fight against graft and corruption is a sham as his minions in the Lower House once more restored and inserted the "Pork Barrel" in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2019.
For small towns like Obando, the pork barrel is considered a gift from heaven.
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