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(Fill in the Blank) to Nowhere still possible

By Robert Farley
Published on Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 6:49 p.m.

What discussion of earmarks would be complete without a reference to the Bridge to Nowhere, the national symbol of wasteful earmark spending?

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says such a project could never again rear its porky head.

Schumer made the claim while fending off criticism of thousands of earmarks in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill signed by President Obama on March 11. Schumer noted that since the Bridge to Nowhere controversy, Democrats have instituted earmark reforms that have added transparency and accountability.

"They are transparent," Schumer of earmarks during an interview March 8, 2009, on NBC's Meet the Press . "No Bridge to Nowhere could occur."

We're not contesting Schumer's claim about more transparency. There is. But that doesn't mean another project like the Bridge to Nowhere couldn't happen. We say it could, and rated his statement False. See why here .

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