Blackburn Declares Victory In Earmark Battle

GOP Conference Follows Marsha’s Example: No More Pork

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Washington, Mar 11, 2010 | Claude Chafin (202-225-1112) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) declared the first victory over wasteful spending today as the Republican Conference adopted an earmark prohibition that Blackburn has long abided by. The Republican prohibition goes farther than Speaker Pelosi’s position, which only banned pork to for-profit corporations. Corporate earmarks only make up a small portion of the overall earmark spending.
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Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) declared the first victory over wasteful spending today as the Republican Conference adopted an earmark prohibition that Blackburn has long abided by. The Republican prohibition goes farther than Speaker Pelosi’s position, which only banned pork to for-profit corporations. Corporate earmarks only make up a small portion of the overall earmark spending.


Republicans, on the other hand, will join Blackburn’s long held position of abstaining from earmarks of any kind.


“This is the American people’s first victory over wasteful spending,” Blackburn said. “The urge to spend is the first symptom of ‘Potomac Fever’ and this unilateral ban on all earmarks is part of the cure. Tough choices lie ahead as we work to reign in spending overall. People are tired of the waste, fraud, and abuse heaped upon them by Washington. My colleagues and I hear them, we stand with them, and together we will ease that burden.”


In an effort to decrease the overall level of federal spending, Congressman Blackburn has filed three bills that would impose 1%, 2%, or 5% across the board spending cuts respectively. The bills will not affect Defense, Veterans Affairs, or Homeland Security money. Last month, Blackburn advocated for a similar solution in The Tennessean.

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