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.