Heritage Action Supports Earmark Moratorium

Heritage Action Supports Earmark Moratorium

Urges Senate Republicans to Support DeMint’s Conference Rules Change

Washington, D.C. – Next Tuesday, Senate Republicans will adopt internal conference rules, which will guide their caucus throughout the 112th Congress.  One of the most serious questions facing the conference is whether to enact a two-year moratorium on earmarks as part of their rules package.

“Senate Republicans have an opportunity to demonstrate they are serious about bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington,” Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham said.  “Senator DeMint’s earmark moratorium would effectively put an end to a practice that epitomizes Washington’s irresponsible spending.”

In March, the Senate rejected a two-year moratorium on earmarks, which gained the support of 25 Republican Senators.  At the same time, House Republicans adopted a one-year moratorium, which they plan to extend through the 112th Congress.

“Last week, Americans made clear they were fed up with the way Washington does business,” Needham continued.  “This is their opportunity to prove they understood the electorate’s message.”

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21 thoughts on “Heritage Action Supports Earmark Moratorium

  1. Senator-Elect Toomey made a good point about earmarks today on Cavuto. If a Senator’s earmark is in a bill, he has to vote for it. So even if the earmark doesn’t amount to much money, the vote for a bad bill could have serious consequences.

  2. Senator-Elect Toomey made a good point about earmarks today on Cavuto. If a Senator’s earmark is in a bill, he has to vote for it. So even if the earmark doesn’t amount to much money, the vote for a bad bill could have serious consequences.

  3. I am fully in support of a ‘time-out’ for ALL earmarks. While I understand that they might have legitimate use in enforcing legislative intent in matters of spending, they have been subject to much abuse as a vehicle of constituent pork and bribery. Absent voluntary restraint on the part of legislators, a two-year moratorium is perhaps the LEAST they can do to encourage a move in the right direction. If Obama can’t be trusted to spend as the Congress intends, don’t give him the money in the first place. Repeal & de-fund should be the watch words of the 112th.

  4. I am fully in support of a ‘time-out’ for ALL earmarks. While I understand that they might have legitimate use in enforcing legislative intent in matters of spending, they have been subject to much abuse as a vehicle of constituent pork and bribery. Absent voluntary restraint on the part of legislators, a two-year moratorium is perhaps the LEAST they can do to encourage a move in the right direction. If Obama can’t be trusted to spend as the Congress intends, don’t give him the money in the first place. Repeal & de-fund should be the watch words of the 112th.

  5. Although earmarks are a very small percentage of the federal budget, they are a corrupting influence on our politicians in Washington. Do away with them as a symbolic message that the Republicans are serious about cutting spending.

  6. Although earmarks are a very small percentage of the federal budget, they are a corrupting influence on our politicians in Washington. Do away with them as a symbolic message that the Republicans are serious about cutting spending.

  7. Republicans need to sign up for the unilateral moratoriam on earmarks. The reason should be obvious, but it appears some do not get it. The unilateral moratoriam shows real leadership and the American people will follow. We get tired of having to lead our leaders. Get a clue!

  8. Republicans need to sign up for the unilateral moratoriam on earmarks. The reason should be obvious, but it appears some do not get it. The unilateral moratoriam shows real leadership and the American people will follow. We get tired of having to lead our leaders. Get a clue!

  9. Good Luck Senator DeMint!
    There are too many crony-capitalist senators and congressmen in DC who like things just the way they are. Too too bad there are not more principled Republicans in the Senate to tell the RINO write-in candidate in Alaska she lost the primary … go home! I wonder if Ms.O’Donnell would consider moving to TX to challenge Mr. Cornyn who also needs to go home!! We will never be able to repeal Obamacare or eliminate wasteful spending!!!!

  10. Good Luck Senator DeMint!
    There are too many crony-capitalist senators and congressmen in DC who like things just the way they are. Too too bad there are not more principled Republicans in the Senate to tell the RINO write-in candidate in Alaska she lost the primary … go home! I wonder if Ms.O’Donnell would consider moving to TX to challenge Mr. Cornyn who also needs to go home!! We will never be able to repeal Obamacare or eliminate wasteful spending!!!!

  11. The only chance to clean up Washington is to have a strong third party. The two party system is corrupt and both parties are determined to never allow a strong third party to get started. State legislators make it too difficult for an individual running on a third party ticket to get on the ballot. George Washington, warned us in his farewell address that the greatest threat to America would be love of political party.

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