The Georgia delegation, which has long presented a unified front in seeking such federal assistance, is now in disarray over the effort. The five members who have sworn off earmarks say they are protesting bloated federal spending, particularly the practice of senior lawmakers doling out projects and grants to constituents and private companies. The system has caused an “erosion of spending oversight,” said Rep. Tom Price of Roswell.
Joining him on the “no earmarks” wagon are Paul Broun of Athens, Nathan Deal of Gainesville, John Linder of Duluth and Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville. Georgia has by far the most on the list of 39 House members who have taken that position.