Earmark Reform

This resolution was made in the 12th Congressional District Republican Convention and passed unanimously:

Whereas Congressional Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending threaten the economic stability of our government and undermine the credibility of the Republican Party on fiscal issues; and

 Whereas according to the federal Office of Management and Budget earmarks are defined as funds provided by the Congress for projects or programs where the congressional direction circumvents Executive Branch merit-based or competitive allocation processes; and

 Whereas Citizens Against Government Waste has exposed $17.2 billion in pork barrel Congressional earmarks for 11,610 projects; and

 Whereas earmarks and out of control Congressional pork barrel spending are undermining the principles and future of the success of the Republican Party; and

 Whereas tax money should be applied by Federal agencies according to objective findings of need and carefully constructed requests rather than being earmarked arbitrarily by elected officials; and

 Whereas Georgia Congressmen Tom Price and Paul Broun have already signed  the pledge; and

 Whereas John McCain, our party’s nominee for President has made eliminating earmarks and   pork barrel spending a central theme of his campaign for President,  

 Be it resolved that the 12th District Republican Party of Georgia encourages candidates  for  Congress to adopt the four provisions of earmark reform in the Citizens Against Government Waste pledge as a personal pledge: 1) fully disclose all earmarked funding or targeted tax benefit requests on their congressional websites; 2) not request any earmarked funding or targeted tax benefit provision that does not serve a federal interest and/or have a federal nexus; 3) not request any earmarked funding or targeted tax benefit provision that would be directed toward a specific private entity that was not requested by an agency; and, 4) support legislation that would end the linkage between campaign contributions and earmarks.

The Republican Party must regain credibility on the matter of fiscal management of government.  John McCain is leading the way in vowing to veto pork barrel earmarks.  Hopefully more candidates and incumbents will adopt the Citizen’s Against Government Waste position on earmarks and we can have a united team for 2008 to move forward to victory.  

7 comments

  1. I don’t know but the way Clint was working the crowd if the 12th didn’t I think he would have drove over to Savannah and made them do it. Commendable work Clint!

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    How principled for the minority party in Congress to adopt such resolutions after taking earmarks to a whole new level as majority party! This ought to receive all the deference due the Georgia GOP for the local control principle it espoused as minority party.

  3. Progressive Dem says:

    “Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending threaten the economic stability of our government and undermine the credibility of the Republican Party on fiscal issues…”

    “Whereas Citizens Against Government Waste has exposed $17.2 billion in pork barrel Congressional earmarks for 11,610 projects”

    Hey Bull, how about a little mathematic reality. You are worried about $17.2 billion a year threatening our economy? Well, chew on the impact of throwing $9 Billion a month down the rathole in Iraq, while we go further into debt with (communist) China.

    You’re “fiscal credibility” is duly noted. Get real dude.

  4. Anonymole says:

    Earmarks are not the problem. The lack of a true spending limit is the problem. I, for one, worry about the day that the control of federal monies lies in the hands of a nameless bureaucrat in the federal government.

    What does Joe Schmoe at the OMB know about the needs of Dublin or Albany or Pine Mountain? Are we to believe that by merely cutting out earmarks, the federal government will suddenly gain the ability to work efficiently?

    What’s the next step? Should we take the Congress’ ability to vote on legislation, because they are in bed too much with donors and special interest groups? This is suggesting a HUGE power grab for the Executive branch and taking away one of the checks the Legislative has over the President.

    This is not the best way to reduce the size of government. It’s just today’s boogeyman.

  5. Doug Deal says:

    P.D.

    The budget is where it is because on a micro level each program is “just” a few million or “just” a few billion there. Add them all up and it’s the half trillion we manage to overspend every year.

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