Jon Kyl On Earmarks: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Last week, Arizona Senator and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl came together with other members of the GOP and passed a non-binding resolution that called a sweeping moratorium on earmarks.

And this week…


Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s water rights claim against the government.

Kyl slipped the measure into a larger bill sought by President Barack Obama and passed by the Senate on Friday to settle claims by black farmers and American Indians against the federal government. Kyl’s office insists the measure is not an earmark, and the House didn’t deem it one when it considered a version earlier this year. […]

The money for the 15,000-member White Mountain Apache Tribe was one of four tribal water rights claims totaling almost $570 million that was added to the $5 billion-plus bill. Black farmers will get about $1.2 billion to settle claims that the Agriculture Department’s local offices discriminated against them in awarding loans and other aid. Another $3.4 billion goes to American Indians who say the Interior Department swindled them out of oil, gas and other royalties.

No, those aren’t earmarks. They’re not requests from a single Senator for a very particular project that will only benefit his state. Not at all.

Cue the laugh track…