Republican incumbent for Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, Mike Rogers, angered Democratic Representative John Murtha in a motion to remove earmark spending from a bill. In a 2007 session of Congress, Rogers called for a $23 million earmark for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) in Johnstown, PA to be removed from the Intelligence Authorization Act. Murtha became infuriated and shouted, “I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone and you will not get any earmarks now and forever. … That’s the way I do it!”

Earmarks and pork barrel spending has become a hot button issue this election cycle.

Murtha was named “Porker of the Year” by Citizens Against Government Waste. Rogers, however, only received a 23% rating himself.

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