Sanders, Leahy prominence grows with Biden presidency - VT Digger

No more sputtering and fuming over the latest Trump outrage. Now Vermont’s two senators will be working hand-in-glove with their former Senate colleague, President Joe Biden, to craft national policy. For one thing, Pat Leahy will be the keeper of the “earmark.”

"If earmarks returned, Leahy would be the person to whom senators would turn to request them — a powerful bargaining chip. “If you are the gatekeeper for earmarks in the Senate, you can use that to negotiate on other unrelated pieces of legislation — whether that’s done openly or in a wink-nod way,” Hudak said."

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  • David Flemming
    published this page in The News 2021-01-21 16:48:34 -0500