An attempt by several Republicans to resurrect earmarks in the new Congress failed Wednesday after House leadership blocked the measure.
One amendment sponsored by Reps. John Culberson (R., Texas), Mike Rogers (R., Ala.), and Thomas Rooney (R., Fla.) would have allowed earmarks in certain cases, including pet projects for the Department of Defense, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Rep. Rooney had a separate plan to allow earmarks specifically for the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Earmarks are the ‘broken windows’ of federal overspending, the currency of congressional corruption, and the price of bad votes for more spending,” said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.
Thanks to all of you who made calls to our representatives, we couldn’t have done it without you..