Since the election of 85 freshman Republicans on November 2nd, the subject of earmarks has taken front and center on the political front. Opposition to earmarking has become a Tea Party tenet, as well, with Senator Jim Demint leading the battle on Capitol Hill. Old guard Republican leaders like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – who supports the tradition of earmarking – and DeMint, who has advocated for the complete elimination of earmarks for quite some time, are now squaring off. Demint spoke on this topic on an appearance on FOX News Sunday yesterday with Chris Wallace. Will an earmark moratorium guide the legislative process going into the new year?
Governor Romney issued a statement today supporting Senator Jim DeMint’s call to end earmarks:
Statement on Romney’s Facebook page:
I encourage all Republicans to embrace Senator DeMint’s earmark ban and send a powerful message that we will no longer tolerate business as usual on Capitol Hill.
Sign my petition today to ban earmarks in 2011: http://mi.tt/NoEarmarks
Romney on twitter:
Support Senator @JimDeMint in his effort to curb federal spending. Sign the “no earmark” petition today: http://mi.tt/NoEarmarks
Romney’s statement on Free and Strong America:
Senator DeMint is courageously standing on conviction with his much-needed proposal to ban earmarks, which will curb wasteful spending and restore accountability to the way Congress spends taxpayer dollars. We all need to recognize that Washington can’t responsibly begin to address out-of-control debt and deficits until the practice of cramming earmarks into spending bills is stopped. While earmarks are not the only cause of our budget proplems, they have come to symbolize what’s wrong with Washington. What was once accepted as the normal way of doing business has to be re-examined in light of our $13 trillion national debt. I encourage all Republicans to embrace Senator DeMint’s earmark ban and send a powerful message that we will no longer tolerate business as usual on Capitol Hill.
From DeMint’s blog:
October 21, 2010
Human Events: ‘Earmark Moratorium Should Be GOP’s Top Priority’
Congressional Republicans—including freshly minted senators and representatives—will be confronted with one of the most important votes of the year when they regroup on Capitol Hill just two weeks after Election Day. It’s not the issue of electing a speaker or minority leader. It’s whether or not to extend the GOP’s earmark moratorium for the 112th Congress.
Regardless of whether Republicans win a majority in the House or Senate, the rules that govern their members will be debated and determined in mid-November. In addition to electing party leaders, they’ll tackle the contentious issue of earmarks, the congressional provisions often inserted in legislation to benefit a campaign donor or fund a specific pet project.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) has vowed to bring up the matter for a vote on November 16 when his Senate Republican colleagues gather in Washington for an organizational meeting. The vote will pit critics of pork-barrel projects against earmarxists.
“I will force a vote in the Senate GOP conference to ban earmarks next year,” DeMint told The Washington Times earlier this month. “I believe this will pass, and Republicans will be unified against the wasteful and corrupt earmark system.”
Read the rest at HumanEvents.com.
Given his record of eliminating frivolous, wasteful spending as governor of Massachusetts and saving the red-inked Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002, Governor Romney’s support to ban earmarks is no surprise. Eliminating the incentive for politicians to vote according to how much pork they can bring home to their states also falls in line with Romney’s conviction that Washington is broken.
Begin to rebuild America. Sign Romney’s petition to eliminate earmarks here.
► Jayde Wyatt