May 15, 2009

Maybe they can earmark some money for a new computer system?

Another year, another crash of the computer system that keeps track of earmark requests.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James L. Oberstar has had to postpone the markup of the surface transportation reauthorization until after the Memorial Day recess because of technical difficulties — literally.

The computer system designed for lawmakers to file their earmark requests crashed multiple times, so members could not upload their projects, said the panel’s ranking Republican, John L. Mica of Florida.

Maybe they need an earmark for some new computers. But seriously, that's embarrassing.