I wanted to take a moment to give you an update on the battle going on in Washington, particularly in the U.S. Senate, on whether or not to ban the practice of earmarks. We are all familiar with the “Bridge to Nowhere,” and you have probably heard of earmarks for things like $615,000 for a Grateful Dead archive. (To find a more extensive list, check out Heritage’s Federal Spending by the Numbers.)
The newly elected U.S. House leadership has indicated their willingness to ban the practice, at least for now.
Jim DeMint of South Carolina, is planning to offer an amendment on Tuesday, November 16th to ban earmarks in the Senate.
So, I wanted to provide you with some information about this debate:
EndingSpending.com is a website from Taxpayers Against Earmarks. This website is tracking the issue, and even has a page here tracking which Senators are for and against it.
News & Blog Stories:
Senators Secretive on DeMint Earmark Ban from Heritage’s Brian Darling on Red State.
Earmark Myth – They Don’t Cost Any Money to Taxpayer Brian Darling on Red State.
Jim Inhofe Courts Tea Party on Earmarks from Politico in DC.
Senate GOP Earmark Ban Gains Support, But Still Short on Votes from Fox News Blog.
Earmark Ban Proves an Early Obstacle to GOP Unity from the LA Times
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information.