Chandler says KY will suffer without earmarks and he describes Obama's 'serious mistake'

12/01/2010 07:59 PM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles said “Kentucky will lose” because of the voluntary ban on earmarks that congressional Republicans have approved.

Republicans, including former earmark supporter Sen. Mitch McConnell, recently voted to stop using earmarks to tag federal funds for certain projects and programs in their home states. Instead, that $15 billion in discretionary spending will be distributed by agencies controlled by the administration.

Also, in the recent interview, Chandler responded to a question about what President Barack Obama’s success and failures have been. Chandler said Obama made one “very, very serious mistake.”

To see more from the wide-ranging interview with Chandler, see his comments about the lame duck session of Congress, which aired on Monday’s edition of Pure Politics.

Chandler was re-elected to his fourth full term last month by 648 votes over Republican candidate Andy Barr.

- Ryan Alessi

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