(Manassas, Virginia) Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, issued the following statement in response to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement that he and the united Republican congressional leadership support a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress:
"Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, conservatives rejoice at Senate Minority Leader McConnell's decision to support a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress.
"It's a small but important step to return the federal government to fiscal sanity. However, this important first step shows Republican officials now hear -- albeit, slowly and only after shouts -- the American voters who registered their dissatisfaction on November 2nd.
"Conservatives and Tea Partiers spoke often and loudly with one voice -- do not make your first vote after the election a betrayal of the voters.
"In the last 10 years, GOP Congressional leaders made a mess of the Reagan Republican brand.
"Today begins the process of repairing the Republican Party brand."