House Republicans extend earmark moratorium
House Republicans in the 112th Congress approved a ban on earmarks Thursday morning.
As expected, the soon-to-be majority party in the House extended the ban they adopted earlier this year.
Incoming freshman and TV reality star Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) offered the ban in a closed-door session with the GOP conference of more than 240 members.
Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) applauded his conference.
In a statement, Boehner said “earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington. I applaud Rep.-elect Duffy for his leadership on this critical issue. He and the rest of his historic class of House freshmen are here because Washington Democrats refused to listen to the American people and stop the spending binge that threatens our children’s futures.”
By the way, extension of the moratorium was passed unanimosly.
There had been some question back in August whether House Republicans would keep their moratorium in place, which was enacted earlier in the year, if they took control. But thanks to a grassroots push for members in both chambers to stay away from pet projects as a sign that they were serious about cutting spending.
There will be some Republicans, such as recently re-elected Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), will continue to request earmarks (it’s non-binding).
Here is video of Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), one of my favorite members of Congress, discussing the moratorium and what it was needed: