The White House doesnt want to give away any more power or money any more than the agencies do, so theyre going to come out against earmarks as well, the lobbyist continued.
But not all appropriations lobbyists agree. GolinHarris lobbyist Michael Fulton said Congressional leaders urged downtown early on to set the bar low this year. In contrast to prior years, Fulton also said the new disclosure requirements mean lobbyists and their clients are no longer left guessing whether a request was even made.
We have counseled from the outset of the need to be austere, that there would be a reduction in the number of projects, Fulton said. Transparency has been positive.
Lobbyists and our clients now know what Members put forward. Before  you submitted your request to Congressional staff, you filled out all of the forms, you met with the Members, you had support letters, you had meetings and all kinds of activities to support your project, he continued. And you never knew whether your project got submitted to the committee or not. Now those are on a Web site and you can search it and our clients can search it.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.