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After Trump Comments, What Might A Return To Earmarks Mean For Congress?05:21
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House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, center, confers with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the top Democrat, as the panel meets on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, center, confers with Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the top Democrat, as the panel meets on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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In a recent meeting, President Trump commented that a return to earmarks in Congress could potentially help the legislative branch make more progress. This week the House will hear arguments in favor of bringing back earmarks, which were banned in 2011 after an ongoing problem with corruption.

Here & Now's Robin Young takes a closer look with NPR's Ron Elving (@NPRrelving).

This segment aired on January 15, 2018.

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