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Citizens Against Government Waste Blasts House Democrats' Plan to Revive Earmarks


Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the
following statement excoriating House Democrats after Minority Whip
Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced
that reviving pork-barrel earmarks would be part of their "government
overhaul package,"
should they win a majority in the midterm elections:

"The proposed revival of earmarks could not be more antithetical to
anything resembling government reform. This scheme is all taxpayers need
to know about the Democrats' warped legislative priorities. Earmarks are
nothing more than legalized, taxpayer-funded bribery. They are corrupt,
inequitable, and wasteful. Whip Hoyer's proposal stands in stark
contrast to the sordid history of the practice.

"Since 1991, CAGW's annual Congressional
Pig Book
has exposed 110,861 earmarks costing $344.5 billion.
Members of Congress and lobbyists went to jail due to earmarks,
including Reps. Randy ‘Duke' Cunningham (R-Calif.) and Bob Ney (R-Ohio).

"The distribution of earmarks skews heavily toward those in power. In
the 111th Congress, when the names of members who requested earmarks
were included in spending bills, House and Senate appropriators, who
constituted 15 percent of Congress, pocketed 61 percent of the earmarks
and 51 percent of the money.

"Earmarks are a lazy and unfair way to circumvent the appropriations
process. They have been roundly excoriated by the American people, who
have made it clear that they want an end to business as usual in
Washington. Earmarks for teapot museums, indoor rainforests, and bridges
to nowhere should not be restored; they should be permanently banned."

Against Government Waste
is the nation's largest nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and
mismanagement in government.

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