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Earmark Funding of for American Red Cross

1. Does The American Red Cross receive or has ever received earmark grants?
2. Should earmarks be totally abolished as suggested by Senator McCain or should they continue and be examined to ensure they go to services for people as originally suggested by President Obama?
3. What do you think about earmark funding and appropriations and why?

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Step 1
The American Red Cross has received earmarked grants. Some references to these grants have been given under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 and the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The examples can be viewed at : http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=52704
and http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=170514

Step 2
Earmarks should not be totally abolished as suggested by Senator McCain. If earmarking is used to direct funds to worthy projects, earmarks are useful. The alternative to earmarking is giving the funds to agencies and allowing them to ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains the use and misuse of earmarking powers. The sources used are also included in the solution.