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Heritage - What About Earmarks? Senate Vote Tuesday


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: 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.



Ayotte For US Senate - Thank You 

Dear Friends,

From the bottom of my heart: thank you.

We wouldn’t have won this election without supporters like you: volunteers who made thousands of phone calls, knocked on thousands of doors, and put up signs from Nashua to the North Country. Thank you for your hard work, and thank you for believing in me and our message. 

This is your victory. New Hampshire has sent a clear message to Washington. No more business as usual. No more spending money we don’t have on programs that don’t work. And no more back room deals.

The people of New Hampshire have spoken, and their message is resounding: We’re taking our country back.

America is the greatest country in the world – and once again, we must fight to keep it that way.

I am ready for that fight.

This victory was hard-fought. But our work is far from over. It’s only just beginning.

Again, thank you. Thank you for your overwhelming support and for the opportunity to serve as your voice in the United States Senate. Every day, I know it’s you who I will be fighting for. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.



NRSC Chairman Cornyn Congratulates Senator-Elect Kelly Ayotte In New Hampshire 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), released the following statement in response to Kelly Ayotte’s (R-NH) victory in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race:

“I congratulate Kelly Ayotte on her victory this evening in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race. Kelly is a committed public servant with a record of fighting for the people of her state, and I know that she will continue to fight tirelessly for the families, seniors, and job creators in New Hampshire as their next U.S. Senator. I look forward to working alongside Senator-elect Ayotte as we strive to restore much-needed checks-and-balances, smaller government, and commonsense fiscal responsibility in Washington.”


Ayotte For US Senate - Election Day 

After all the debates and forums, picnics and parades, and speeches and rallies, Election Day is finally upon us.

It’s time to decide.

Throughout our history, Americans have always believed that each generation would pass down to its children a better country and a brighter future.

For the first time, New Hampshire residents are justifiably worried that is no longer true.

The American dream is being threatened by Washington politicians who have stopped listening. Politicians who spend money we don't have on programs that don't work. Politicians who raise taxes instead of cutting out-of-control spending.

Sadly, that is the record of my opponent. He supported the stimulus, ObamaCare and the auto bailout – all of which I would have opposed.

We need a strong, fiscally conservative voice to represent us in Washington. Unlike my opponent, I believe the federal government spends too much, taxes too much and is growing too fast.

In the Senate, I will make the tough decisions to get our fiscal house in order. Washington needs to live within its means, just as New Hampshire families like mine do.

I will be a senator who thinks less about Washington and more about returning power to the people. Less about Beltway bickering and more about New Hampshire common sense.

It will take tough leadership to get our great country back on track. That's the kind of leadership I brought as your Attorney General and that's the type of leadership I will bring on your behalf to the United States Senate.

I would be honored to represent you in Washington and ask for your vote today. Thank you for your consideration.



Ayotte For US Senate - This Is No Time To Let Up

With Kelly continuing to travel the state on her “Stop the Spending Express,” she asked me to be in touch directly with her supporters.

In  less than 24 hours, the polls will officially be open. The day we’ve been working toward for so long will finally be here.

This is no time to let up. The future of our great country is on the line. Kelly is counting on every one of her supporters and volunteers to work as hard as possible until the last ballot is cast.

Kelly and the GOP ticket need your help – now. To find out how to volunteer to make phone calls or go door-to-door, click here.

Also, Kelly’s supporters are welcome to help her celebrate victory tomorrow night at the Marriott Courtyard / Grappone Conference Center in Concord starting at 7 PM.

Kelly will continue to campaign hard right up until the polls close. To bring home a solid victory for her on Tuesday, all of Kelly’s supporters need to work just as hard as she is.

Thank you so much for all you’ve done – and will do – to lead Kelly to victory tomorrow. Your support is making the difference in this race.


Brooks Kochvar

Campaign Manager