Federal documents show that as of October 2019, approximately $2.4 billion spread over thousands of transportation earmarks approved before a 2011 ban had not been completely spent, and $400 million of that total had not been touched at all. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says earmarks are on the table for forthcoming infrastructure legislation, but skeptics say unused funds demonstrate the system's flaws.
$400M in transportation funds from earmark era unspent
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