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Appropriation Chess Game

Not much polling around recently, maybe partially due to the Easter holiday. I was tied up all weekend between Easter dinner and my fantasy baseball draft, so my interest in politics over the weekend was near zero, hence my absence. But I did start a post last week and since nobody seems to have anything interesting to talk about, I figured I’d finish it up and post.

The Hill had an article last week detailing how various Congressmen are following a new rule put out by Nancy Pelosi on how the members of the US House are required to publicize their earmark requests on their website.

Under the new rule, touted by House Democrats and echoed by President Obama as a move toward a more open system of earmarking, members submitting spending requests for 2010 to the Appropriations Committee are required to create an active link on their webpages giving the details.

But the requirement to create a link allows for great disparity, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) down the line to the most junior member of the minority, in how and where those requests are displayed.

The result was a hodgepodge, with some members of each party proudly displaying their requests while many others apparently did their utmost to keep their requests out of public view.
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The ranking Republican on the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), could not display his requests any more prominently. They are his leading news item, nearly impossible to miss.

But dozens of members’ requests could be found only by scouring their pages and trolling through any number of different categories, from “Issues” to “Legislation” to “District” to — in at least one case — “Other.” Viewers of these members’ pages would have to click three or more times to get the list of submitted projects, and that is assuming the website visitor knows where to look.

I decided to do surf around and check out the eight congresspeople from Maryland to see if they are following the intent of the rule to display appropriation requests on their website or merely following the “letter” of the rule and doing their best to hide them from public view.

To his credit, my own Congressman Elijah Cummings from District 7 does display a prominent link on the front page of his website called “Appropriations Requests” which links to this page.

In District 1, Frank Kratovil has a link “Appropriations Requests” on the front page of his official House website prominently displayed. You can find his appropriations here.

In District 2, Dutch Ruppersberger has a link on his front page called “Appropriations Requests” under “Top Issues” that links to this page. One thing I do love is he uses “dutch” in the url for his website instead of his last name like everyone else.

In my former District 3, John Sarbanes has a link to an article under “Latest Press Releases” on his front page with a link to this page detailing his requests.

In District 4, Donna Edwards currently has a link at the top of her website front page called “2010 Appropriations” that links to this page. Warning, that one is a pdf file.

The Majority Leader in the US House from District 5, Steny Hoyer, has a link on the left-hand side of his front page in rather small print under “Updates” that directly links to his Appropriations requests page. He also currently has a link to the news release he put out with the requests.

In District 6, the lone Republican Congressman from Maryland Roscoe Bartlett has a link to his appropriations in the side bar under the topic “Bulletin” on his official website front page. His appropriations can be found here. He decided to separate them into two separate pages – Defense and Non-Defense.

In District 8, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Committee Chris Van Hollen has a link under “Hot Topics” on his website front page to his requests, which can be found here.

So overall, all of Maryland’s Congresspeople appear to have followed the true intent of the rule to give a prominent display to their Appropriations on their official House websites. The more interesting research might be to see what exactly these congresspeople are requesting, which may be something for another post.

So what is your particular Congressman doing on his official website to show what appropriations he or she is requesting? You can find their sites by going to the main US House here.

Posted by Dave at 3:31 pm
Filed under: Congress | Comments (27)

27 Responses to “Appropriation Chess Game”

  1. Erich Heyssel says:

    First, and it still wont make me vote for Cummings

  2. Eph_Rove says:

    Damn, that’s a lot of reading!!!

    sshhhhhhhhheeeesshhhhhhh

  3. Brandon says:

    My congressman(LoBiondo: NJ-02) has it on his website but it’s not on the front page, it’s hidden under “legislation.”

  4. Frank says:

    Rasmussen Trends:

    Approve/Disapprove

    March 21: 54.58/44.42
    March 22: 55.60/43.46
    March 23: 56.09/42.50
    March 24: 55.87/42.88
    March 25: 55.72/42.92
    March 26: 56.02/43.02
    March 27: 56.06/42.70
    March 28: 56.07/43.04
    March 29: 58.16/40.85
    March 31: 59.15/39.33
    April 01: 57.22/41.35
    April 02: 56/44
    April 03: 55.58/44.11
    April 04: 55.83/43.40
    April 05: 56.34/42.62
    April 06: 58.14/40.69
    April 07: 58.17/40.81
    April 08: 56.95/42.12
    April 09: 54.79/43.86
    April 10: 54.54/44.26
    April 11: 55.09/43.28
    April 12: 55.20/43.67
    April 13: 54.52/44.31

    Approve/Disapprove (Republicans)

    March 21: 21.59/76.39
    March 22: 20.01/78.05
    March 23: 22.81/75.02
    March 24: 22.59/75.93
    March 25: 23.11/76.49
    March 26: 22.91/76.25
    March 27: 25.41/73.17
    March 28: 26.26/72.52
    March 29: 29.33/69.34
    March 31: 31.66/67.93
    April 01: 27.78/71.79
    April 02:
    April 03: 28.86/70.72
    April 04: 28.98/71.02
    April 05: 26.25/73.71
    April 06: 29.38/70.39
    April 07: 30.54/67.78
    April 08: 29.50/68.50
    April 09: 27.06/70.23
    April 10: 24.41/74.35
    April 11: 24.81/73.64
    April 12: 20.32/78.66
    April 13: 21.65/77.05

    Republican numbers may be pulling back to the norm. We will have to wait a few days to see. But it does appear as if April 12 was an outlier.

    Approve/Disapprove (Democrats)

    March 21: 85.34/14.62
    March 22: 86.34/13.51
    March 23: 85.91/13.98
    March 24: 88.59/11.28
    March 25: 88.66/11.14
    March 26: 89.58/10.13
    March 27: 87.81/11.82
    March 28: 87.02/12.75
    March 29: 88.75/10.98
    March 31: 88.45/10.93
    April 01: 85.87/13.61
    April 02:
    April 03: 86.71/13.09
    April 04: 85.76/12.84
    April 05: 85.68/12.68
    April 06: 86.51/11.62
    April 07: 86.94/12.73
    April 08: 85.56/14.27
    April 09: 83.87/15.80
    April 10: 85.57/13.30
    April 11: 83.88/15.32
    April 12: 84.07/15.35
    April 13: 85.76/13.76

    Approve/Disapprove (Independents)

    March 21: 46.53/52.59
    March 22: 50.95/48.39
    March 23: 50.55/47.04
    March 24: 46.56/50.86
    March 25: 45.38/50.69
    March 26: 45.05/52.96
    March 27: 45.81/51.95
    March 28: 45.28/53.27
    March 29: 48.07/50.33
    March 31: 49.78/46.26
    April 01: 50.08/46.15
    April 02:
    April 03: 42.97/56.70
    April 04: 45.00/54.23
    April 05: 49.55/49.14
    April 06: 52.28/46.43
    April 07: 50.78/48.02
    April 08: 50.56/48.75
    April 09: 48.05/50.81
    April 10: 46.53/50.86
    April 11: 51.58/45.66
    April 12: 52.29/45.74
    April 13: 49.55/48.43

    Rasmussen numbers with a twist:

    Strongly approve/disapprove: 1/31 vs. 4/12

    overall: 45/22 vs. 34/32
    republi: 12/40 vs. 09/58
    democr: 76/02 vs. 60/08
    indepe: 41/27 vs. 27/35

    Total approve/disapprove: 1/31 vs. 4/12

    overall: 63/34 vs. 55/44
    republi: 32/65 vs. 22/77
    democr: 92/06 vs. 86/14
    indepe: 59/39 vs. 50/48

    Total approval analysis:

    Consistent lowering on the numbers. See below:

    Total approve/disapprove: 1/31 vs. 4/12 (change/change)

    overall: 63/34 vs. 55/44 (-08/+10)
    republi: 32/65 vs. 22/77 (-10/+12)
    democr: 92/06 vs. 86/14 (-06/+08)
    indepe: 59/39 vs. 50/48 (-09/+09)

    Rasmussen Generic Ballot Analysis:

    Rep/Dem: average of last 4 weeks:(R/D)
    Febru 23 – 01: 38.78/41.49
    March 02 – 08: 38.26/42.07
    March 09 – 15: 40.80/39.46
    March 16 – 22: 38.39/40.92 (39.06/40.99)
    March 23 – 29: 37.98/41.50 (38.86/40.99)
    March 30 – 05: 39.12/40.26 (39.07/40.54)
    April 06 – 12: 38.36/38.17 (38.46/40.21)

    Average of the last four weeks.

    March 16 – 22: 39.06/40.99 (-1.93)
    March 23 – 29: 38.86/40.99 (-2.13)
    March 30 – 05: 39.07/40.54 (-1.47)
    April 06 – 12: 38.46/40.21 (-1.75)

    Frank

  5. Frank says:

    Rasmussen Trends:

    Health Care. (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 53/35
    Jan 09 – 12: 48/40
    Feb 04 – 07: 51/36
    Mar 06 – 09: 50/37
    Apr 07 – 10: 48/39

    Health Care: No changes. Only statistical noise.

    Education… (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 48/35
    Jan 09 – 12: 48/34
    Feb 04 – 07: 47/33
    Mar 06 – 09: 47/36
    Apr 07 – 10: 45/36

    Education: no changes for republicans. Possible reduction for democrats. It will take several months to see if this is so.

    Economy …. (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 48/36
    Jan 09 – 12: 46/37
    Feb 04 – 07: 44/39
    Mar 06 – 09: 47/40
    Apr 07 – 10: 45/42

    Economy: Democratic numbers are static. Republicans show a consistent increase in numbers. This is something to continue observing the trends.

    Iraq: …… (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 43/42
    Jan 09 – 12: 43/41
    Feb 04 – 07: 44/42
    Mar 06 – 09: 42/41
    Apr 07 – 10: 44/42

    Iraq: absolutely static. No change.

    Social Sec.. (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 46/36
    Jan 09 – 12: 44/38
    Feb 04 – 07: 45/35
    Mar 06 – 09: 44/39
    Apr 07 – 10: 41/41

    Social Security: Look out democrats. Unless April is an outlier, the republicans are improving.

    National Sec:(D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 42/46
    Jan 09 – 12: 40/48
    Feb 04 – 07: 41/47
    Mar 06 – 09: 41/47
    Apr 07 – 10: 41/49

    National Security: perfectly static. No changes.

    Taxes …… (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 42/46
    Jan 09 – 12: 43/43
    Feb 04 – 07: 41/44
    Mar 06 – 09: 43/46
    Apr 07 – 10: 39/45

    Taxes: Democrats are regressing and republicans are static. Check in next month to see whether the numbers for April is an outlier.

    Abortion .. (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 42/41
    Jan 09 – 12: 43/40
    Feb 04 – 07: 42/39
    Mar 06 – 09: 42/40
    Apr 07 – 10: 39/42

    Abortion: this category may demonstrate the same outlier. Let’s wait a month or two to see.

    Immigration: (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 36/40
    Jan 09 – 12: 39/32
    Feb 04 – 07: 37/39
    Mar 06 – 09: 38/36
    Apr 07 – 10: 36/41

    Immigration: Probably statistical noise but a possible increase for republicans.

    Gov’t Ethics (D/R)

    Dec 11 – 14: 36/26
    Jan 09 – 12: 38/26
    Feb 04 – 07: 36/29
    Mar 06 – 09: 38/28
    Apr 07 – 10: 34/31

    Ethics: Either the same outlier or a significant change towards the republicans.

    Frank

  6. Howard Dean says:

    Wife of rescued captain says he calls military the ‘real heroes’

    AP

    True dat playa!

  7. Frank says:

    Can anyone tell me, or give me a link so that I can find a TEA party near me in CT?

    Frank

  8. Big Joe says:

    Thanks for the link Dave, I didn’t know such information was out there for our perusal.

    Very interesting reading.

  9. Tommy_Boy says:

    We’re winning on abortion again…PPP indicates that the social issues are gaining prominence, at least in North Carolina.

    Obama is down to 85% of dems in support according to Rasmussen…could socially conservative democrats be running away from the President who stated that a having a baby is punishment.

  10. Tommy_Boy says:

    Brandon,

    Good job calling out Jensen on the tone of his post…he must have not gotten a good sample for Obama. That’s okay, he’ll just adjust the democrat percentage so it’s in the mid-to-high 40s.

  11. Tim says:

    My Congressman is Dr. Gingery. I had to look for awhile to find his. On his page, you have to click the “Issues” link on the left side. Then you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list of issues, where you find “Fiscal Year 2010 Member Requests”.

    If you didn’t know exactly what you was looking for, you’d never find it.

  12. Eph_Rove says:

    “IF MY DAUGHTER MAKES A MISTAKE…I DONT WANT HER PUNISHED WITH A BABY”

  13. Marv says:

    Folks,

    Anyone up to speed on NY 20? If so, may we have a sit rep please?

    Thanks,
    Marv

  14. Tim says:

    Marv:
    NBC posted at 1:30 that Murphy’s lead had dropped to 25. Last thing I saw. Maybe Brandon can find something newer. He’s very good at that.

  15. Brandon says:

    #14. Murphy is up 25 right now. Only about 5 counties or so have finished counting absentees. Overall, they are about halfway through all of the absentees. There have been 600 ballot challenges so far, with 60% coming from the GOP.

  16. Bitterlaw says:

    Philadelphia Phillies’ brodcaster Harry Kalas is dead. For those of you who don’t know the name, he also did the voiceovers for NFL Films and Chunky Soup commercials. The City of Philadelphia is devastated tonight. Very sad.

  17. Brandon says:

    Yes it is a very sad day Bitterlaw. Watching a Phillies game just won’t be the same without him. There will be a definite hole there for a while.

  18. Chekote says:

    We are in deep doodoo if we are having to cheer the fact that moral and family values are important for North Carolina voters. What next? We are going to cheer the fact that Republicans do well in Utah?

  19. Chekote says:

    From the Corner:

    I’ve been rooting around this afternoon for a reliable count in New York’s 20th Congressional District, and I have been hesitant because Republicans are releasing statements as though Jim Tedisco (R) is ahead when the official count and that of all the news reports have him behind Scott Murphy (D). Well, here is some clarity, anyway. The official totals have Murphy up by 25, without any results from Saratoga County. I’m told that with Saratoga and Warren (updated) included, Tedisco leads by 38.

    But that doesn’t include 415 military and overseas absentees, which had to come in by today. Nor does it appear to include any of the 600 or so ballots that have been challenged. News reports suggest that Republicans have challenged more ballots than Democrats, on the grounds that many of the voters actually live in (and receive tax benefits for living in) New York City, not in the 20th Congressional District. If the count on this one tightens, it could very well become the next Franken-Coleman.

  20. Brandon says:

    #20. It doesn’t matter. Once Columbia, Dutchess, and Washington finish counting, that 38 vote “lead” by Tedisco will end up looking like a 100 vote deficit or more.

  21. Tim says:

    Sad news about Harry Kalas. Bob Costas just did a great piece about him on the MLB Network.

  22. Big Joe says:

    ” it could very well become the next Franken-Coleman.”

    woohoo, can’t wait.. gag

  23. KnightHawk says:

    John Linder 7th Ga – click “What’s happening in congress”.
    It is than in bold at the top of the page “Click on this link to view Congressman Linder’s appropriations requests for the 111th congress”

    Not on the homepage, but doesn’t look like it’s being hidden either, just put in the appropriate place.

  24. KnightHawk says:

    “it could very well become the next Franken-Coleman.”

    Sweet!

  25. Chekote says:

    #21

    Bingo!

  26. Ryan Bigleman says:

    Seems like this thread got hijacked. Maybe some GOOPers didn’t like what they saw.

    From a Utah perspective:

    Dist. 1 Rob Bishop (R) (my rep): Right smack dab on the front page. Seems to want a lot of money.

    Dist. 2 Jim Matheson (D): Right smack dab on the front page. Seems to want a hell of lot more money than even Bishop does.

    Dist. 3 Jason Chaffetz (R): Nowhere to be found, just a lot about his deal with CNN to blog his newfound US Rep experience, videos about how cool he must be, no policy or anything substantial to be found.