Item: Risch, Crapo co-requesting $818 million in 213 earmarks/Jay Patrick, Idaho Reporter
More Info: Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo say they’re all for ending earmarks, but while the maligned funding method remains in place the two are requesting away. For 2011, the senators are co-requesting 213 earmarks worth $818 million. Brad Houglun, a Risch senior policy advisor, said the senator would rather do away with earmarks, but “at the same time he’s reconciled to the fact states are getting money,” and will continue putting in for Idaho’s share.
Question: Doesn't it make sense for Risch & Crapo to try to get as much money as possible for Idaho via earmarks when everyone else is doing it for their states?