This is shady. Goode travels the district promising earmarks one week before his term expires, knowing Congress was in recess and, therefore, couldn't pass the bill. And now Rep. Perriello has to break the bad news and clean up the mess.
Update: I might have jumped the gun. According to a Martinsville Bulletin editorial, there may still be a chance the earmarks can be passed:
The funds are not guaranteed. They are in the omnibus conference report package, which includes all appropriations not passed before Congress went into recess in October. The report will go before the House, Senate and president after Barack Obama’s inauguration, and legislators will have to vote yes or no on the entire package. The package cannot be amended, and Rep. Goode said he is confident it will pass.Late Update: Rarely do these omnibus packages get voted down:
Since all of the outstanding bills, plus the earmarks, have been combined, it will be an all-or-nothing vote by the House and Senate. While it is possible for the omnibus to be voted down, such a vote is rare, Hing said, because the earmarks have already been approved by subcommittees and committees, and a “no” vote would send everything back to the beginning.