Editorial — Question for Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt: Would you have voted with Tom Coburn and Pat Roberts on the unconstitutionality of federal earmarks?Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
This week, we published the results of a question-and-answer opportunity for Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt.
Our next question for the two campaigns is on the topic of earmarks.
At Club for Growth, Andrew Roth published a post on July 14 titled, “Earmarks and the Constitution.”
Taxpayer hero Tom Coburn is now using that pesky little thing called THE CONSTITUTION in his fight against pork. From CQ.com ($):
The battle over earmarks moved to a higher plane last week when Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn tried to get his fellow senators to agree that $200,000 designated for a local history museum in Omaha was an affront to the Founding Fathers.
In what may have been the first-ever motion of its kind, Coburn raised a point of order against this project in the fiscal 2010 Legislative Branch appropriations bill, asserting that it violated the Constitution. Coburn’s reasoning: Article I, Section 8 spells out the specific authority of Congress to spend money, and nowhere does it mention local museums. In addition, the 10th Amendment gives the states all powers not granted to Congress, thereby blocking Congress from spending money for just any purpose it decides is appropriate.