Rep. Sandy Adams: Do Not Return to Earmarks
In a Dear Colleague letter circulated yesterday, Congresswoman Sandy Adams (R-FL) requested that her fellow Members of Congress sign on to her earmark moratorium letter. The letter implores members not to give in to the temptation of earmarks, which lead to more government spending and more crony capitalism.
In May, Rep. Adams also penned an article for RedState, detailing her opposition to a return to earmarks:
“By getting rid of earmarks, Members are forced to evaluate each bill on its merits. It encourages Members to read the actual text of the legislation, determine the positives and negatives of the bill, and then make a decision based on whether the bill is in the best interests of their constituents and the country. When earmarks are allowed, instead of reviewing the merits of a bill, Members put too much emphasis on whether a specific earmark getting passed is more important than the underlying bill. That makes for bad public policy and expands our nation’s debt and deficits.”
She outlined that those in the House who are mulling a return to earmarking do so under the guise of the problem being fixed after a little over a year of the moratorium. What those who favor earmarking don’t seem to realize, is that the American people have not forgotten what earmarks stood for, as evidenced by the battled over miscellaneous tariff bills, and we will not forgive those who want to use them to “grease the skids” in order to pass bad legislation.