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Definition of Earmark


  1. A mark on the ear of sheep, oxen, dogs, etc., as by cropping or slitting.
  2. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
  3. To mark, as sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.

Earmark Quotations

We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
Barack Obama

House and Senate Republicans are now united in adopting earmark bans. We hope President Obama will follow through on his support for an earmark ban by pressing Democratic leaders to join House and Senate Republicans in taking this critical step to restore public trust.
John Boehner

When I was first elected to the House in 2006, it was important to me to send a clear message to the people of NY-20: I wanted to be a representative for the people and shed some light on their government, so I became the first member of Congress to post my schedule, my financial disclosures and my earmark requests all online.
Kirsten Gillibrand

Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington.
John Boehner

Many of the earmark request forms are actually filled out by lobbyists and then just turned in by the member's staff to the appropriations committee.
Jeff Flake
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Earmark Translations

earmark in Dutch is bestemmen, uittrekken
earmark in French is destiner
earmark in German is kennzeichnen
earmark in Swedish is reservera
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