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Bush Was Against Transportation Earmarks Before He Signed 6,371 of Them Into Law

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Bush Administration Budget, 2003:

Across the spectrum of transportation programs, congressional earmarks undercut the [Transportation] Department’s ability to fund projects that have successfully proved their merits

Washington Post, 8/11/05:

[Bush] signed into law a $286 billion transportation measure that contains a record 6,371 pet projects inserted by members of Congress from both parties… Reagan vetoed a transportation bill in 1987 because there were 152 such special requests, known in the parlance of congressional budgeting as “earmarks.”