Today, Capitol Report has obtained an internal Senate email that highlights the mentality that makes pork-barrel spending so hard to combat. The email copied below is from a Senate Appropriations Committee staffer to other Senate staff:
Well… Here we are. The end is drawing near, and since it’s been so long, I wanted to check in with you all and confirm your priority lists. Please send me an updated list of priorities. Remember, we will start at the beginning of your list and fund down until we run out of money. So if you spend big…you’ll likely only get one or two projects. Please respond to this e-mail even if your list has not changed, so that I can be sure that your Senator’s needs are being addressed. Hope all is well. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail or call.
01 November 2005
Wipe Slate Clean; Start Over
Tim Chapman over at Town Hall offers a glimpse of the Senator behind the curtain.