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Tariff waivers open floodgates of dollars for sponsors

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When 65 Republican freshmen pressed House leaders to jumpstart the stalled tariff waiver approval process in April, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) blasted them for violating a ban on special-interest earmarks. At the same time, however, DCCC chairman Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., was sponsoring 18 waivers - Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) - to benefit companies that...