Universities to Obtain Homeland-Security Dollars?
Congress is considering lifting a two-year ban on earmarks in its homeland-security spending bill, higher-education lobbyists confirmed on Thursday. Word of the plan was first reported in Congress Daily.
If the directed, noncompetitive grants are allowed, the bill could become a bonanza for colleges and universities, providing millions more in pork related to homeland security. The measure has been off-limits to earmarking since 2002, when Congress created the Department of Homeland Security and its associated appropriations subcommittees.
"It would be an opportunity for a lot of universities to obtain homeland-security dollars that they otherwise would not be able to," said B. Jeffrey Brooks, a lobbyist with Adams & Reese, a law firm that represents Louisiana State University.
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