Saturday, February 09, 2008

Democrats rejects Earmark Reform


Three Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee sponsored legislation to bring earmark process to a halt and tp establish a panel to identify ways to permanently change the spending process. The reform bill was cosponsored by 129 House Republicans, including the entire House Republican leadership team. However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to support the measure or the proposed earmark moratorium. On Thursday, "business as usual" House Democrats rejected Republican efforts to force an immediate vote on legislation calling for a full moratorium on all earmarks. A total of 204 Democrats voted against a Republican proposal calling for a moratorium on all earmarks and the establishment of a bipartisan, bicameral committee to fix the spending process. House Republican leaders said they are disappointed that Democrats have rejected a Republican call for an immediate moratorium on taxpayer-funded earmarks (pork-barrel projects or wasteful spending) . House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) said it's clear that Democrats lack both the will and the appetite for the earmark moratorium. "So it's incumbent upon Republicans to use every opportunity available to speak up for the millions of Americans who have had enough," Blunt said.

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