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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?
Block grants are usually labeled as “pork barrel spending”, and are very unpopular in House districts.
Block grants were deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court as being a violation of the Full Faith and Credit Clause.
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.
Block grants are generally opposed by constituents as the grants are not necessary and considered an over-reach of federal power.
Block grants give the “power of the purse” to the U.S. Senate, thereby weakening the power of the House.