Republican-leaning red states are paying a big price financially under Obama, as the Obama administration has chosen to allocate more money to blue and purple states compared to red states, according to an analysis done by Reuters.
Between 2009 and 2013, funding for a wide number of discretionary grant programs fell by 40 percent in Republican-leaning states such as Texas. In contrast, blue Democratic-leaning states and purple swing states saw only a drop of 25 percent in such funding.
Republican Representative John Culberson from Texas says that he has been having difficulty getting the administration to pay for border control, harbor dredging, and even aid for a chemical plant explosion in his district. He stated: “The Obama administration approaches the federal government the same way the Chicago machine politicians approach the Chicago public treasury: it’s to be used for their own benefit.”
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Congress does direct overall spending, but the administration decides where much of that money is spent. A 2011 bill banning earmarks further reduced Congressional control over grant money and gave more to the administration.
John Hudak of the Brookings Institution, who helped Reuters conduct the study, commented:
In the context of the Obama administration, swing states and blue states are doing better than red states. I would suggest these numbers would tell us there is politicization going on.
The White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement to Reuters: “The administration supports allocating federal grants based on objecting criteria that will help protect taxpayer dollars and ensure that lawmakers are responsible and accountable to the American people.”