Do We Ignore the Vulnerable as We Ease Covid Rules?

Readers express the concerns of the immunocompromised and the elderly. Also: Subway safety after the Brooklyn attack; reforming earmarks; Ukraine’s path.

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As Earmarks Return to Congress, Lawmakers Rush to Steer Money Home

Democrats and Republicans alike stuffed nearly 5,000 earmarks totaling $9 billion into the $1.5 trillion government spending bill signed by President Biden.

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Don Young of Alaska, the House Dean, Leaves an Earmark Legacy

The Alaska Republican lay in state on Tuesday in the Capitol, where he was renowned for his virtuosity with earmarking federal money for his state.

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Democrats Strip Covid Aid From $1.5 Trillion Spending Package

Facing disputes over how to cover the cost of the pandemic response effort, Democrats dropped it rather than jeopardize legislation that includes aid for Ukraine and other top priorities.

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House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Punting Again on a Deal

Once the bill clears the Senate, senior lawmakers will have until March 11 to reach an agreement on how to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden’s Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items

The Build Back Better Act’s marquee provisions have been the focus, but Democrats have swept dozens of obscure measures and special interest breaks into the $1.85 trillion bill.

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House Passes Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats loaded their infrastructure measure with climate change spending, staking out a contrast with the Senate’s bipartisan bill that President Biden has embraced.

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Senate Republicans Shun Earmarks, Embracing Spending Restraint Anew

With a Democratic president in the White House, Senate Republicans have a newfound zeal for austerity, foreshadowing spending fights to come.

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A Covid-19 Relief Fund Was Only for Black Residents. Some Left Out Sued.

Oregon earmarked $62 million to explicitly benefit Black individuals and business owners. Now some of the money is in limbo after lawsuits alleging racial discrimination.

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Republicans and Democrats Need to Work Together. Earmarks Can Help.

Nothing greases the gears of government quite like pork.

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