Sunday, December 21, 2008

Citizens submit your Pork-Barrel Suggestions Here!


#tcot #yeswecantor

The Select Committee on Earmark Reform will be supported by a website, located at http://earmarkreform.house.gov, allowing citizens to submit comments and suggestions for reforming the earmark process in Congress.

Backgroud:
This effort was started by  
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA):

"The creation of this Earmark Commission reflects the desire of our Conference to begin the 111th Congress with a heavy emphasis on reform," said Cantor. "Reform is an ongoing process. The status quo is simply not acceptable. It's now or never to start to make Washington work again for the hard working American families, and this Commission is a step forward into the right direction."


Which has resulted in the below website with the stated purpose:

"The spending habits of Congress – and pork-barrel earmarks in particular – have become a clear symbol of a broken Washington.  With that in mind, House Republicans have created a select committee on earmarks to bring change and transparency to the process by which Washington spends taxpayers’ money."


Should Twittering be the first recommendation?
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (Chair)  - Non Twitter
Rep. Judy Biggert - Non Twitter (Ill. 13th)
Rep. Kevin Brady  - Non Twitter (Tex. 8th)
Rep. Doc Hastings - Non Twitter (Wa. 4th)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling  - Non Twitter 
Rep. John Mica  - Non Twitter (Tex. 5th)
Rep. Mike Simpson - Non Twitter (Id. 2nd)
Rep. Zach Wamp - Non Twitter (Ten. 3rd)


Some Democratic insight:
"Rep. Jennifer Callahan, D-Sutton, has filed legislation to address ethics and lobbying reform in the House of Representatives. Among her ideas: remove earmarks from the budgetary process and make Ethics Committee proceedings open to the public."

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