Washington, D.C. – A recent analysis from the New York Times found that New York’s U.S. Senators both ranked in the top 10 of bringing federal earmarks back to their home state as part of the $1.5 trillion spending bill recently signed by President Joe Biden.

Senator Chuck Schumer ranked 3rd, bringing in $314 million, while Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ranked 9th, delivering $230.6 million for New York projects.

Among local members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Tom Reed ranked highest, bringing in $13.1 million, followed by Chris Jabobs with $8.5 million and Brian Higgins with $8.2 million. Joseph Morelle had just $4.1 million in earmarks.

Earmarks in one’s own district are often cause for bragging. Others’ earmarks, however, are often referred to as “pork,” and treated as a negative.

In all, there were 5,000 earmarks totaling over $9 billion in the $1.5 trillion spending package.

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By Scott Leffler

Scott Leffler is the editor of All WNY News, program director of All WNY Radio, maker of All WNY Stuff and usually, the guy who breaks -- and then (hopefully) fixes things at All WNY. Aside from running All WNY, Scott is a professional narrator, voicing radio and TV commercials, audiobooks, phone systems, and a whole lot of YouTube videos.

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