Wednesday, November 24, 2010

That didn't take long

The Washington Post reports
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.

2 comments:

jhs said...

You left this part out, Dave:

"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."

Seems to me this is settling an outstanding issue that has been a problem for a long time. I know the National Black Farmer's Association would see it that way.

Dave Ribar said...

Jeff:

Kyl's earmark did not address the black farmers' issues (or the central issues raised by native Americans) but rather an unrelated set of claims.

Kyl's earmark settles one tribe's claim, but there are numerous other claims that are left unsettled. Kyl just made sure that Arizonans were at the front of the line.