Newt’s World – Episode 680: Pigs in the Swamp – Earmarks in the $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

Newt talks with David Ditch from The Heritage Foundation about some of the more controversial earmarks in the recent $1.2 trillion spending package.

Newt discusses the $1.2 trillion spending package signed by President Joe Biden on March 23, 2024. The bill, which will fund the government through October 1st, contains numerous earmarks or pork barrel spending. Newt’s guest, David Ditch, Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation, explains the process of funding the federal government and the issues with the current system. Ditch criticizes the increasing reliance on mandatory programs like Social Security and Medicare, which operate on autopilot and consume a growing share of the federal budget. He also criticizes the return of earmarks, which he says are often used to fund left-wing ideologies. Ditch suggests that budget reform is necessary to reduce wasteful spending.

Guest: David Ditch

David Ditch
David Ditch


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Inflating the Cost of Government: Congress Must Stop the Biden Administration’s Destructive Agenda – The Heritage Foundation

The Senate’s Security Supplemental Budget Bill: Key Provisions – The Heritage Foundation

The Senate’s Supplemental Spending Package Is Reckless and Irresponsible – The Heritage Foundation

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