Pineville, KY – Republican Hal Rogers brought more than 80 million dollars of federal money to his home district last year. That's according to a report released earlier this week by the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste. Rogers defends the earmarks saying they fund crucial programs in the 5th District.
"Representing the second poorest district in America, I would think I would be derelict in my duties if I didn't try to help people with individual needs that the federal budgeteers in Washington overlook."
Rogers is touring his district this week. The congressman says initiatives like UNITE, which fights substance abuse, and flood proofing for towns along the Cumberland River are funded with federal budget earmarks.