Hawaii programs that depend on hundreds of millions of congressional dollars are in jeopardy after U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said yesterday he would ban "earmarks" for the next two years.
The moratorium on earmarks, provisions directed by members of Congress to specific projects, could mean job losses, cut programs and military construction projects that might never see the light of day.
Inouye chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and has brought in much of the federal earmark money flowing into the islands. He is perhaps the most outspoken defender of earmarks, and has often been dubbed the unapologetic "king" of earmarks and pork-barrel spending.
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