Posts Tagged ‘earmarks’

Indiana Republican Steve LaTourette Openly Supports Bribing Congressmen – Club for Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Club for Growth:

RINO Rep. Steve LaTourette (OH-14) openly supports bribing congressmen with earmarks.  He’s not even subtle about it.  From the Chicago Tribune:

Republican Representative Steven LaTourette, an 18-year House veteran, said the earmark ban “has affected discipline” within the party. “You can’t get 218 votes (out of 242 Republican House members) and part of that has to be if you can’t give people anything (earmarks), you can’t take anything away from them.”

If a member of Congress agrees with 90 percent of a pending bill but is “uncomfortable” with the other 10 percent, “Sometimes taking care of your district (with earmarks) made up for that 10 percent,” he said.
How is this not criminal?

If MO’s McCaskill and NE’s Johanns can refuse earmarks, Tiahrt and Moran should be able to do the same thing

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Nebraska Senator Mike Johann’s decision to refuse earmarks will greatly increase the pressure on Kansas Congressmen Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran to do the same thing.  Currently, their US Senate primary fight is virtually non-issue-based, as both are near-replicas of moderate Republican President President Bush: family men, socially conservative, but not fiscally conservative.

The Republican party, in recent years, has lost in large part because of the party’s hypocrisy on spending.  It’s not yet clear that Tiahrt and Moran know this.

Here’s Club for Growth:

From the Associated Press:

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska said Thursday he won’t ask for earmarks in this year’s budget, because he’s not confident the system is transparent or based on merit.

Johanns, a freshman Republican, said in a year of unprecedented federal spending, he believes most Nebraskans will support his decision.

In a release to the news media Johanns said, “While I do believe attempts to reform the earmarking process are a start … they have not gone far enough.”

Senator Johanns deserves high praise for this. He is now only the 8th Senator to swear off pork.

Why Tiahrt-Moran doesn’t matter to many conservatives

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

They’re not leaders.

In contrast, here is Minnesota Congressman John Kline:

Rep. John Kline knows the earmark process is broken. That’s why he has sworn off earmarks completely instead of accepting them and trotting out the vacant excuse that he has to because “everyone else is doing it.”

Unfortunately, he’s under pressure back home from people who want their pork. But in response, Kline is courageously holding firm. I love this quote:

“We’re on the side of the angels,” said Troy Young, the congressman’s spokesman.

And what’s even better is that Kline has the perfect explanation down pat to those who are hungry for pork. Excerpt:

[Kline] said the problem is that some 30,000 earmark requests are submitted each year, making them impossible to scrutinize. House members abide by an unwritten rule, Kline said, not to attack each other’s submissions. The result looks a lot like silent vote trading and back scratching, and both parties are guilty of it.

“It’s very arbitrary,” Kline said. “They just allocate money to members of Congress, sometimes based on political reasons, like are you vulnerable in the next election or not, or are you a committee chair.”

Well said. With a message like that spread broadly, earmarks can be a thing of the past.

Darrell Issa Swears Off Pork — why can’t Tiahrt and Moran?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Club for Growth:

Darrell Issa is now the 26th member of the U.S. House to swear off earmarks. Congrats! From his press release:

Rep. Darrell Issa today announced that he will not make appropriations project spending requests, also known as earmarks, for FY 2010. He cited President Barack Obama’s broken campaign promise to veto bills that do not bring earmarking down to 1994 levels and a 92% increase in spending over last year’s level as deciding factors in his decision.

“President Obama’s spending priorities have more than tripled the federal budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 ballooning it to $1.7 trillion,” said Issa in a letter to local officials explaining his decision. “As a result, the state of our nation’s finances is dire, and our federal spending plan does not in any way bear an appropriate relationship to the state of our nation’s economy.”

Earmark distribution, by state

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

USA Today:

Congressional earmarks, ranked by the amount directed to states and U.S. territories, that were included in the $410 billion spending bill signed by President Obama on Wednesday:

State Amount Number
California $568,730,493 733
Texas $370,046,650 369
Mississippi $324,976,918 226
Florida $251,823,596 338
New York $245,083,122 497
Pennsylvania $242,303,580 527
Alabama $240,167,157 209
Louisiana $232,822,813 192
Minnesota $199,031,643 114
Ohio $187,423,884 294
Michigan $179,472,590 267
West Virginia $176,737,900 142
Washington $171,723,572 204
Hawaii $165,048,707 113
Arkansas $159,114,268 115
Virginia $155,164,892 186
New Jersey $150,670,750 220
Massachusetts $149,910,169 216
New Mexico $144,092,821 129
Alaska $143,922,875 100
Illinois $140,965,682 285
Kentucky $140,482,257 164
Missouri $136,853,741 176
Maryland $132,202,990 171
North Carolina $118,796,030 173
Iowa $113,803,486 196
North Dakota $110,687,091 60
Wisconsin $102,978,050

Cleaver’s list of earmarks

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Fox 4:

Earmark List:

  • $380,000 – reStart in Kansas City
  • $5.106 Million for the Missouri River from Rulo to Mouth
  • $1.627 Million for Blue River Channel Modification
  • $84,000 for the Missouri River Bed Degradation
  • $100,000 for Line Creek Watershed
  • $9.57 million for Turkey Creek in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri
  • $2.871 million for the Blue River Basin Dodson Industrial District. The funds will continue construction of flood damage reduction features.
  • $1.196 million for the feasibility study of a phase II leavee in Kansas City
  • $638,000 for Swope Park Industrial Area
  • $262,000 for the Brush Creek Basin
  • $381,000 for the Full Employment Council
  • $95,000 for the Black Health Care Coalition
  • $143,000 for the Historic Jazz Foundation/Mutual Musicians Foundation
  • $190,000 for Newhouse, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Kansas City
  • $200,000 for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation/LISC Neighborhood Safety Program
  • $951,500 for the National Nuclear Security Administration Kansas City Plant
  • $300,000 for YMCA of Greater Kansas City Youth Summer Prevention Programs
  • $475,000 for the City of Kansas City for improvements at Brush Creek & Troost
  • $285,000 for the Kansas CIty Area Transportation Authority Bus Replacement Program
  • $125,000 for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to complete the Troost Bus Rapid Transit project
  • $11.5 million for the National Rural Water Association

Fox Business Interview with Andy Roth on Earmarks

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Club for Growth’s Andy Roth:

Republican hypocrisy on budgeting

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

McClatchy: “GOP hates earmarks – except the ones its members sponsor”

WASHINGTON — Republicans are expected to deliver a daylong rant Wednesday against Democratic spending legislation, yet the bill is loaded with thousands of pet projects that Republican lawmakers inserted.

Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, included $142,500 for emergency repairs to the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Bonham, Texas. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., joined state colleagues to include $1.425 million for Nevada “statewide bus facilities.” The top two Republicans on Congress’ money committees also inserted local projects.

In all, an estimated $3.8 billion worth of specific projects, called “earmarks,” are in the $410 billion spending bill that the House of Representatives is to vote on Wednesday. Easy passage is expected. The Senate is expected to act soon, too, since federal agencies will run out of money a week from Friday unless new funds are enacted.

House Democrats estimate that Republicans inserted 40 percent of the earmarks in the bill. An independent budget watchdog group, Taxpayers for Common Sense, said the 60-40 Democratic-Republican ratio followed historical patterns.