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Block Grants and Congressional Incumbents

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Why would a member of the U.S. House of Representatives who is seeking re-election choose not to support block grants?

A

Block grants are usually labeled as “pork barrel spending”, and are very unpopular in House districts.

B

Block grants were deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court as being a violation of the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

C

Block grants give Congress less control over how the money is used, and members of the House cannot take credit for grants to their particular districts.

D

Block grants are generally opposed by constituents as the grants are not necessary and considered an over-reach of federal power.

E

Block grants give the “power of the purse” to the U.S. Senate, thereby weakening the power of the House.