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Understanding Congressional Earmarks

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Understanding Congressional Earmarks

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Understanding Congressional Earmarks

Understanding Congressional Earmarks

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Monday marks the deadline for congressional earmarks — special-interest deals that steer federal spending toward lawmakers' pet projects. All three of the leading presidential contenders and many other lawmakers say it's time for a moratorium on earmarks.

Congressional correspondent David Welna talks to Liane Hansen about earmarks and the issues surrounding them.