Easiest Way to Cut Pork

Five US Senators, in a letter to President Bush, ask him to cut down on earmarked spending (i.e. pork barrel projects) simply by not spending the money. They claim that, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report that identifies over $67 billion in earmarks, 95% of projects are not written into law (they appear in committee and bill manager reports) and thus are not legally binding.

Essentially, the Bush administration and federal agencies could simply refuse to honor these “requests,” and effectively cut billions in pork.