Did Your Representative Sign the anti-Earmark Letter?
Earlier this month, Congresswoman Sandy Adams (R-FL) circulated a Dear Colleague letter requesting her fellow Members of Congress to continue the earmark moratorium. The letter implored members not to give in to the temptation of earmarks, which lead to more government spending and creates a culture that all too often leads to crony capitalism and corruption:
“The past two decades have seen a significant rise in our nation’s debt and deficit, with future increases scheduled for years to come. This debt and deficit spending has occurred under both Republican and Democratic Administrations, and Republican and Democrat control of Congress. All Americans recognize that something must be done to address our nation’s unsustainable fiscal situation.
“That is why we strongly urge you to resist efforts by some Members of the House to restore earmarks in the 113th Congress. The American people spoke loud and clear in 2006, 2008, and 2010 that they wanted reforms and changes to the way Congress operates. They asked for changes, and the House listened.”
Fifty-six Representatives joined Congresswoman Adams by signing the letter. In the midst of an effort to unravel the earmark ban, the letter shows that there is still a strong coalition of conservatives willing to fight against earmarks.