Lack of FY 2007 earmarks causes turmoil

Now that the “favor factory” has been shut down for fiscal year 2007, there is a lot of confusion here in DC.

Roll Call reports:

The announcement this week that the new Democratic Congress will eliminate all 2007 spending earmarks and instead pass a stopgap measure to keep the government funded for the entirety of this fiscal year has caused widespread confusion and anxiety, both within the Bush administration and on K Street, as lobbyists scramble to figure out how their clients will be affected.

“We don’t know what that means,” said Sean Kevelighan, spokesman for Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman. He added, “There’s no real clarity above and beyond the statement that was released.”

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